Cell Phones and Court in Maryland: A New Proposed Rule

As long as the Internet has now been with us – a lifetime for all practical purposes for my law students today – everyone was caught flatfooted by the social media boom. (We were all foolish not to think of it sooner – we would be rich.) Like other jurisdictions, Maryland courts are looking at controlling the ramifications of Internet usage and social media interactions of jurors.

This is a draft of a new proposed Maryland Rule that will be on the agenda at the next Rules Committee meeting on October 2, 2009 in Annapolis.