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CPD - Effective Use of Social Media in Litigation: Procedure, Evidence and Ethics
Friday 29 July 2016, 09:00am - 12:15pm

Like it or not, social media has inevitably and dramatically affected all phases of litigation as the various media transform how lawyers handle their cases. Learn some tips and insights on how to better understand the use of social media in litigation and use it to your advantage.

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $297 inc GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice

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Moderator: Felicity Gerry QC

Presenters and Panel Members: Wade Roper, Barrister, William Forster Chambers; Lyma Nguyen, Barrister, William Forster Chambers; Jessica Holgersson, Lawyer, Halfpennys Lawyers


Social media is an integral part of life in the 21st century yet it remains an uncharted territory for many lawyers. Whether it is a question of jurors twitting mid-trial from the jury box, service of a subpoena through Facebook or ethical considerations, no lawyer should remain unaware of their impact on litigation. While not every case warrants an extensive social media evaluation, it is a beneficial and useful tool in litigation while keeping in mind its ethical and legal pitfalls.


8.30 – 9.00am  Welcome tea/Coffee

Session 1

9.00 – 10.00am 

1 CPD Point in CC

Level: All levels of legal practice

Presenter: Lyma Nguyen, William Forster Chambers

‘Social Media in evidence in litigation’

This session will cover:

· Cases involving social media

· Rules and use of evidence in litigation (relevance & authentication)

· Trends in recent court decisions using social media evidence

10.00 – 10.10am  Morning Tea

Session 2

10.10 – 11.10am

1 CPD Point in CA

Level: All levels of legal practice

Presenter: Wade Roper, William Forster Chambers

‘Ethical and legal pitfalls of Social Media use as evidentiary tool in litigation’

Privacy issues Risk managementControl and check pointsEthical obligations in preservation of social media evidenceUse of social media as an investigative tool in litigation

Session 3

11.10am – 12.15pm

1 CPD Point in CC or CB

Level: All levels of legal practice

Panel Discussion

Topics for Discussion

Effective use of technology (use of social media as an evidentiary tool in litigation)

Discovery of social media records and evidentiary issues

Subpoenaing Facebook (and other social media records)

Identification and authentication of social media evidenceethical investigations

Risks and opportunities

NOTE:  Registrants will be asked to submit questions a week before the CPD for consideration by the panel.

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