The 51 year-old chief justice Robert J. Torres Jr. of the Supreme Court of Guam spoke on “Media and the Courts” before a full-house crowd which included his Philippine counterpart, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, and other jurists, law practitioners, and developmental aid partners at the Supreme Court Hall in Padre Faura in Manila, GMANews.TV said.
For instance, he cited the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee’s prohibition against judges adding lawyers who appear before them as “friends” in social networking sites.
On the flip side, he also mentioned how social networking sites can be used to improve accessibility to court information such as in the case of the Tennessee court system which has 900 followers on Twitter.
Through it all, Torres highlighted the responsibility or obligation of the court’s representative “to reach out and interact with all aspects of the community to enhance and reinforce the public perception of and trust in the system of justice.”
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