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NEWS RELEASE
Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
CONTACT:
Laura Kiernan
Communications Director
lkiernan@courts.state.nh.us
603-271-2646 ext 2359

FOLLOW THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COURTS ON NEW MEDIA

August 31, 2009- The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is now posting up-to-date information about the courts on the social networking site Twitter, providing readers with short instant messages about news events and other developments in the court system statewide. Members of the public interested in following the court system on Twitter can start by going to the Communications Office page on the Judicial Branch website.

"We are excited about this opportunity to increase our transparency and public access to judicial branch information," said Supreme Court Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks, chair of the Judicial Branch Technology Committee.

Maintenance of the "NHCourts" page will be under the direction of the Court Communications director Laura Kiernan and website coordinator Brian Eddy. The court system will use Twitter as a bulletin board on which the communications office will post short notices--no longer than 140 characters--that alert followers to breaking news and provide a website link for additional information when available.

Anyone can visit the NHCourts Twitter page from their computer by going to www.twitter.com/nhcourts. Viewers who subscribe to Twitter, which is free, will receive automatic notices on their Twitter page when the Judicial Branch posts new information.

Kiernan said the court system hopes this new means of communication will reach as broad an audience as possible with news and information about the judicial branch. In starting the new page, she said the court system recognized increased public interest in faster, more efficient electronic communication about the courts. She said the rapidly changing media landscape also led the Judicial Branch to examine taking new approaches to effective public outreach. "We see this new communication tool as a quick way to circulate news about the courts not just to the media and lawyers but also to a wide range of citizens around our state," Kiernan said.

The communications office expects to post a range of information as soon as it is available, including links to Supreme Court opinions and other breaking news important to the public, such as notices about court closings due to weather or other circumstances.

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