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AZ high court to review social media, technology

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Berch. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography).

The Arizona Supreme Court plans to consider whether state court procedures and rules should be changed to take into account the growth of social media and new wireless communications devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch says technology makes courts more productive and accessible.

But Berch also says there are security, privacy and other concerns associated with technology and social media, including capabilities for video and photography.

She says the benefits need to be balanced with rights of jurors, defendants and others.

The Supreme Court has formed an advisory committee to review court rules and other material and to make recommendations.

Justice Robert Brutinel is the committee’s chairman.

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