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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Chief Justice John Roberts: ‘I don’t think any of us...tweet, whatever that is’

And we’re back. It’s after lunch, you’re tired. You just want to play Angry Birds or get lost in the YouTubes, but you can’t because you’re stuck at work. That’s why we’re here with the afternoon pick-u-up!

Chief Justice John Roberts was in West Virginia on Saturday at the Fourth Circuit Judicial conference to discuss the inner workings of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice was called to comment on the Court’s use of social media and the risks it entailed.

Asked how the Supreme Court has dealt with the risks, “I sit down with incoming clerks at the beginning of the year — as soon as we get back — and go through a number of things they have to be aware of, and that’s one of them,” Roberts said referring to the use of social media on the job. “I tell them that they obviously shouldn’t be tweeting about what they’re doing — whether they have Web sites or whatever.”

“I also appreciate that it’s a generational thing, and the idea of not being connected in a particular way can be problematic for them,” Roberts said, adding that different members of the court have varying levels of affinity for social media. “I don’t think any of us have a Facebook page or tweet, whatever that is,” he went on to light laughter.

But the Court is not a building full of technological luddites. “Technology is making inroads, I mean we are — we find when we’re traveling it’s easier to have, some of us, briefs on some of the products where you can have them electronically available, carrying them,” said Roberts holding his hands up as if he was holding a tablet.

Roberts also acknowledged that, for the courts, new technology also presents a challenge in terms of its impact on the law itself, saying “It’s going to be a great challenge both in a substantitive area and for many of us to try and keep up with new technology.”

(Video source: C-SPAN)

By  |  12:23 PM ET, 06/27/2011

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