Trinidad and Tobago: Judicial Ethics in the Age of Social Media

At the end of June, NCSC convened a workshop on judicial ethics and social media with 71 participants, including judges, magistrates and registrars of the Trinidad and Tobago judiciary. Two experts led the workshop, including Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Keith Fisher of NCSC’s Center for Judicial Ethics. 

Social media provides the judiciary with significant opportunities to reach out to the public and improve its perception of transparency, neutrality, and accountability. Throughout this training, judicial officials learned about the significance of public trust and confidence, legitimacy, accountability, constitutional & international treaty obligations in the judiciary. Hypothetical case scenarios enabled participants to apply their new knowledge to factual scenarios. Thanks to this training, participants learned how to navigate the social media environment and how judicial personnel can use this tool to increase transparency while avoiding misuse which could lead to decreased trust in the justice sector. 

The workshop was conducted as part of the Caribbean Anti-Crime Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by NCSC.