Social Media and Criminal Courts: An Initial Proposition
However, the powerful role and impact that social media and the rapid advance of communication technology can have on Law has been underdeveloped. This is a major overlook, especially when it comes to Criminal Law and Criminology, areas that have traditionally paid attention to the role of media into its functioning. The objective of the research proposed is to analyze and attempt to provide a framework under which Social Media’s impact on and relationship with Criminal Law and its Courts can be understood. To accomplish this, the investigation will, through multiple case studies globally (Australia, Brazil and USA) elaborate about how do discussions and interactions on Facebook and Twitter affect the functioning of jury and non-jury based criminal courts and in what way are these handled by the courts themselves in cases of great political or social repercussion.
The research will take advantage of the methodological opportunity that has been created and will utilize the Twitter and Facebook Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to obtain big data and conduct the studies based on the information gathered from them, court transcripts, and on a smaller sample, interviews with the legal actors involved in the criminal proceedings.