(a) During the course of a trial, parties and attorneys must refrain from having
contact with jurors before a verdict is returned.
(b) Once summoned to a courtroom for selection and until discharged, jurors must
refrain from any outside contact or communication that relates to the case, which
includes the use of cell phones, BlackBerries, iPhones, and other smartphone devices,
the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, or the use
of social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, or
(c) Parties, attorneys, and jurors learning of a violation of this rule must
immediately notify the judicial officer presiding over the trial.
(d) Any person wilfully violating this rule is subject to sanctions.
COMMENT: The court is encouraged to instruct the jury at
the beginning of trial and before deliberations about these
restrictions. See, for example, the suggested jury
instruction prepared by the Judicial Conference Committee
on Court Administration and Case Management, December
February 1, 2011