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  1. Twitter Policy of the NSW Supreme Court
  2. Facebook Policy of the NSW Suprerme Court​


Twitter Policy of the NSW Supreme Court​

Introduction

This document sets out how the NSW Supreme Court uses Twitter.

Content

If you follow us on Twitter (@NSWSupCt) you can expect regular updates with news and information from the Court.  This includes notification of:

  • Judgments handed down
  • Registry closures and other administrative announcements
  • New publications and speeches
  • Changes to legislation, rules and practice notes
  • Media releases

Following

The Supreme Court follows organisations or individuals of relevance to it. The fact that we follow a Twitter account does not imply endorsement of any kind by the NSW Supreme Court.

Replies

We welcome your feedback and read all direct messages and @replies. However we do not have the resources to reply individually to all messages we receive via Twitter.

Please note that the Court cannot enter into any discussion about a case before it, or about a judgment that has been published.

You should also be aware that the Court cannot offer legal advice or respond to individual questions about your personal circumstances or case. Sending messages to our Twitter feed will not be considered contacting the Court for any official purpose. If you need to contact the Court for an official purpose please visit our Contact Us page.

Your Privacy

Remember, any posts you make on a social networking site, including Twitter, are publicly viewable and searchable. Your posts may remain online indefinitely and can be found through search engines.

We ask that you protect your personal privacy and the privacy of others by not posting personal information on the Court's Twitter page. You should be aware that penalties may apply to disclosing personal information in some circumstances, including information that identifies people involved in a family law proceeding, and information about a case which is covered by a suppression or non-publication order.

The NSW Supreme Court respects your right to privacy. Postings are regularly reviewed during business hours. Posts that contain personal information may be removed.

Inappropriate Material

The NSW Supreme Court is committed to protecting your rights and safety. We welcome debate but will delete all posts that are abusive, threatening, or appear defamatory, discriminatory, hateful towards any group, or that are in any way unlawful.

Please note that we may block users who post material of this nature.

You should also be aware that Twitter is an external site and that when using it you are bound by the terms and conditions of use of that site.


Public Facebook Policy of the NSW Supreme Court

 

​​Introduction

This document sets out how the NSW Supreme Court uses Facebook on its Supreme Court of New South Wales Facebook page (the Facebook Page) and how it requires others to interact with the Facebook Page.

Content on the Facebook Page

If you like the Facebook Page, you can expect regular updates with news and information from the Court.  This includes notification of:

  • Judgments handed down
  • Registry closures and other administrative announcements
  • New publications and speeches
  • Changes to legislation, rules and practice notes
  • Media releases

General Terms of Use

The General Terms of Use set rules that must be followed by members of the public when they interact with the Facebook Page. Interacting involves, but is not limited to, posting, commenting, replying, sharing or liking on the Facebook Page.

If you interact with the Facebook Page, please ensure that your interaction:

  1. Is relevant to the issues currently being discussed
  2. Represents your own views and does not impersonate or falsely represent any other person or organisation
  3. Is not misleading, obscene, offensive, abusive, indecent, pornographic, insulting, provocative, or which harasses, intimidates or threatens others
  4. Does not discriminate or incite hatred based on race, gender, religion, nationality, sexuality or other personal characteristics
  5. Does not encourage behaviour that may constitute a criminal offence or create a civil liability or otherwise violate a law
  6. Does not contain any content that is unlawful, is in contempt of court or breaches a court injunction or suppression order, or may defame, libel or discriminate against others
  7. Is not prejudicial to or pre-judges a person who has been arrested and charged, or any proceedings pending in the Court
  8. Does not consist of multiple versions of the same interaction (spam)
  9. Does not consist of lodging complaints, seeking legal advice or discussing any matter currently before the Court
  10. Complies with any specific Terms of Use in force at the time of interaction. Whenever specific Terms of Use are in force they will be published and visible on the Facebook Page under 'Notes' for the period during which they apply

Interaction which breaches or appears to breach the General Terms of Use may be removed, deleted and/or moderated. The author may be banned or removed from the Facebook Page.

Public posts, comments, replies, shares or likes

As per the General Terms of Use, interaction with the Facebook Page must not consist of lodging complaints, seeking legal advice or discussing any matter currently before the Court. Moreover, interaction on the Facebook Page will not be considered contacting the Court for any official purpose. If you need to contact the Court for an official purpose please visit our Contact Us page. The Court will not enter into any discussion about a matter before the Court or about delivered judgments on the Facebook Page. The Facebook Page cannot provide any legal advice.

The Facebook Page is intended to be an interactive social media platform. However, due to resource limitations, the Court will not necessarily interact with every interaction on the Facebook Page.

From time to time, the Facebook Page may be used to host events or specified interactions with particular members of the public where they are encouraged to make posts, comments, replies, shares or likes. The Court may stipulate specific Terms of Use on such occasions, which will be published on the Facebook Page under 'Notes'. Failure to comply with the specific Terms of Use will result in the relevant interactions being removed, deleted and/or moderated. The author may be banned or removed from the Facebook Page.

Shares and Likes by the Supreme Court

The Court may share or like other Facebook pages, posts, comments or replies of relevance to it. The fact that it does this does not imply endorsement of any kind by the Court.

Your Privacy

Remember, any interaction on a social networking site, including Facebook, is publicly viewable and searchable. Your interaction may remain online indefinitely and can be found through search engines.

We ask that you protect your personal privacy and the privacy of others by not interacting in ways that reveal personal information on the Facebook Page. You should be aware that penalties may apply to disclosing personal information in some circumstances, including information that identifies people involved in a family law proceeding, and information about a case which is covered by a suppression or non-publication order.

The Court respects your right to privacy. The content of interaction is regularly reviewed during business hours. Material in interactions that contains personal information may be removed.

Inappropriate Material

The Court is committed to protecting your rights and safety and will act in accordance with the General Terms of Use where inappropriate material is concerned. 

You should also be aware that Facebook is an external site and that when using it you are bound by the terms and conditions of use​ of that site. ​