Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ain't Law Tweet? PA Supreme Court on Twitter

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has joined the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, and even the Joint State Government Commission, in "tweeting" about its activities.

On October 18, 2011, PennLive posted a brief article, "Pennsylvania Supreme Court will start tweeting opinions and rulings":
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is all a Twitter about a new way to access its opinions and rulings online.

The state's highest court will issue "tweets" to people who sign up to follow the court's activities at http://twitter.com/SupremeCtofPA.

The tweets will alert followers to any orders, new rules, and opinions posted by the court and its justices. * * *
The new communication service was announced by the AOPC in a Press Release, dated 10/18/11, "Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Tweet Rulings Online".
The specially designated site will provide instant notification of the online posting of most Supreme Court information, such as orders, new rules, opinions and concurring and dissenting statements written by the justices. Anyone can sign-up to receive alerts from the Court’s Twitter page, which can be accessed at http://twitter.com/SupremeCtofPA.  “Follow Us On Twitter” links also will appear on the state court system’s Web site to take interested parties directly to the page.

“The manner and pace in which the Commonwealth’s citizens expect to receive information from their government is changing rapidly,” said Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who has spearheaded the move in behalf of the entire Court. “This is a logical extension of an ongoing commitment to enhance the delivery of court information and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”
All new rulings posted to the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web site will be linked to a Tweet, and available immediately on a follower’s personal home page. The new service complements an expands the Pennsylvania Judiciary’s online offerings by maximizing the convenience of the Internet through cell phones and other devices. * * *
The Court invited participation by anyone in the one-way informational service, which began on Monday, October 17, 2011:
Follow us on Twitter @SupremeCtofPA for the latest available dispositional orders and opinions. For press releases and general information about the Court please follow @PACourts 
I signed up as "follower" number 231. 

This was the Court's first tweet:
Five Miscellaneous Orders posted today
I could not find a topic designated as "law" or "legal" on Twitter's webpage recommending Who to Follow for members. Time to add one!