Ensuring a fair trial for an accused in a digital era: Lessons for Australia

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Greene, E., & O'Leary, J. (2012). Ensuring a fair trial for an accused in a digital era: Lessons for Australia. In P. Keyzer, J. Johnston & M. Pearson (Eds.), The courts and the media: Challenges in the era of digital and social media (pp. 101-119). Braddon, ACT: Halstead Press.

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Technological advances in reporti/tg, based upon the ever widening platform of the internet, will inevitably serve to fuel the potential for prejudicial, unfair and inadmissible material to be seen on the internet by jurors. This consideration cannot be ignored. (1)

Internet accessibility has increased to an average of 28.7 per cent globally, representing more than a 400 per cent increase in the last ten years.2 Not only are computers and televisions commonplace but we can tweet, blog, text, participate in online forums, get alerts and emails, even on our phones and tablets. While the benefits of these new modes of communication are self evident, in one arena improved access to information dissemination systems can create havoc. That arena is the court room, especially in criminal trials.

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