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The ethical challenges of judging and social media

Offering new and innovative ways to ‘connect’, ‘like’, ‘share’ and ‘comment’, the power and pervasiveness of social media presents challenges for both long-standing members of the judiciary and new appointees.

  • Should the judiciary steer clear of all social media?
  • Are online connections a legitimate basis for a perception of bias?
  • What if you are not an active social media user?
  • What if you are using a fake name?
  • Are past social media connections or old social media accounts a concern?
  • What about friends and family who use social media?

These questions are being grappled with by members of the judiciary around the globe. In November 2019, the Global Judicial Integrity Network released draft guidelines produced by a UN expert group on the use of social media by judges.

Join us at this twilight session for a discussion of the ethical dilemmas posed by social media and the development of best practice approaches around the world.

Please note that this program is open to judicial officers from all Victorian jurisdictions. 

Location

Melbourne CBD.

Panellists
The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

The Hon. Murray Kellam AO was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1998 and to the Court of Appeal in May 2007. From 2000 to 2002, Justice Kellam was President of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Justice Kellam retired in May 2009 but has continued work in relation to judicial ethics in Australia and overseas for UNICEF and UNDP in Mongolia, Myanmar, and the Maldives.
 

Judge Judith Gibson

Judge Judith Gibson

Judge Judith Gibson was appointed to the District Court of New South Wales in 2001 and is currently is the Defamation List Judge of that court.

Judge Gibson has been the Bulletin Author, and later a contributing author, to Australian Defamation Law and Practice (LexisNexis) since 1993 and has written discussion papers on social media issues for the International Journal of Court Administration and the Judicial Law Review.

Matthew Hurst

Matthew Hurst

Matthew Hurst is a communications professional with over 13 years’ experience in Australia and the UK, working in the government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Matthew is the Communications Manager at Victoria Law Foundation and has led the redevelopment of the Foundation’s website, brand and social media channels.

Panellists
The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

The Hon. Murray Kellam AO was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1998 and to the Court of Appeal in May 2007. From 2000 to 2002, Justice Kellam was President of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Justice Kellam retired in May 2009 but has continued work in relation to judicial ethics in Australia and overseas for UNICEF and UNDP in Mongolia, Myanmar, and the Maldives.
 

Judge Judith Gibson

Judge Judith Gibson

Judge Judith Gibson was appointed to the District Court of New South Wales in 2001 and is currently is the Defamation List Judge of that court.

Judge Gibson has been the Bulletin Author, and later a contributing author, to Australian Defamation Law and Practice (LexisNexis) since 1993 and has written discussion papers on social media issues for the International Journal of Court Administration and the Judicial Law Review.

Matthew Hurst

Matthew Hurst

Matthew Hurst is a communications professional with over 13 years’ experience in Australia and the UK, working in the government, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Matthew is the Communications Manager at Victoria Law Foundation and has led the redevelopment of the Foundation’s website, brand and social media channels.