Within the last few years, bar associations, courts and the media alike have paid much attention to one particular ethics issue affecting every trial attorney: whether trial attorneys may conduct Internet searches of prospective or sitting jurors. What all states have yet to address is equally important: whether failure to conduct these searches amounts to malpractice. In other words, are attorneys ethically required to complete Internet searches of prospective or sitting jurors? While this article does not suggest what position New Jersey should take on this issue, it does outline some of the positions taken by other jurisdictions and highlights some of the related ethical issues.
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