TALLAHASSEE — The Office of the State
Courts Administrator has created some social-media accounts in an
effort to better serve the public.
According to a report
on SunshineStateNews.com, the accounts — which will be on Twitter,
LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook — will be used to send out news
and other information related to the Florida court system.
OSCA indicated the accounts will also post job openings, stories,
educational information, and some historic images. It also will
include material about the OSCA and the district and circuit courts
around the state.
Florida State Courts Administrator PK Jameson
told the Florida Record in an email interview that the
information would conform with the platform.
“There will be some
cross-pollination of information, certainly. But we also think there
are strengths to each platform and we want to take advantage of
those,” she said. “Twitter, for instance, is a very strong
platform for the fast and efficient dissemination of news. We think
media releases, district-court opinion releases and emergency
announcements — about court closures ahead of hurricanes, for
instance — will be the best use of Twitter.
“Facebook, on the
other hand, is more about narrative and connections. We will try to
use Facebook to tell the good stories we have to relate. Instagram,
of course, is primarily a visual medium, and we will use it for such
things as sharing photographs of historic courthouses.”
the Florida Supreme Court has been active on social media for more
years, this is the first time the OSCA has set up such
“We think a powerful combination of factors make this
the right time for Florida courts and social media,” Jameson said.
“First, our state’s judicial branch has a compelling story to
tell and it is not widely enough known. The nearly 1,000 judges in
the state courts system, as a whole, do an amazing job fulfilling the
mission of the branch and doing so efficiently and effectively.
“Second, the power of social media and the ability to reach a
significant audience is now far beyond dispute. It is time for the
state courts system to use the tools Florida residents access on a
daily basis in order to spread the word about the great work
Florida’s courts are doing.”
The accounts will operate within
the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, which Jameson said was
“Our courts are also very protective of their
impartiality, as they should be. It is important to maintain and
protect the courts’ position as an impartial arbiter,” she said.
“While there are corners of social media the state courts will not
use at this time, much of it has matured and can be used as a
legitimate channel to distribute information. We want to take
advantage of that and know we can do so appropriately.”
said they were hoping to build an audience that is interested in the
state’s judicial and court system.
“We hope to build an
audience that sees the value of what is done every day by Florida’s
courts and the people who work in them,” she said.