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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania begins Tweeting Notice of Opinions and Orders

            Hello everyone and welcome to this edition of the JACPA Ethics Alert.  This Ethics Alert will discuss the recent press release of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania stating that it will publish its opinions and other information on a Twitter account.

According an October 18, 2011 press release of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has established a new Twitter feed to increase online ease and access to its rulings.  The Twitter feed will provide instant notification of the online posting of Supreme Court related information, such as orders, new or amended rules, court opinions and concurring and dissenting statements of the Supreme Court justices.

Any individual can sign-up to receive alerts from the court’s Twitter page, which is at if you are interested. “Follow Us On Twitter” links also will appear on the state court system’s Web site to take interested parties directly to the page.

According to the press release, all new rulings posted to the Pennsylvania Judicial website will be linked to a Tweet, and available immediately on a follower’s personal home page, according to the press release.  The new service will not be set up for communicating with the court and anyone who wants to communicate with the court must do so through the Public Comments section of the Pennsylvania Judicial website.

Bottom line:  Our electronic age marches on…

Be careful out there!

As always, if you have any questions about this Ethics Alert or need assistance, analysis, and guidance regarding these or any other ethics, risk management, or other issues, do not hesitate to contact me.

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