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Social media

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Social media policy

The Supreme Court of Victoria's Social Media Policy applies to all of the Court's social media platforms. The Court manages these platforms in accordance with this Social Media Policy.

Users of the Supreme Court's social media platforms may express their views, comments and ideas. Content posted on the Court's social media platforms are provided by, and are the responsibility of, the users who create it. The Court does not endorse, support or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of content posted by users on its social media platforms.

1. By using the Court's social media networks, all users are expected to:

  • treat other people with respect and courtesy
  • not make defamatory comments or make accusations against individuals or organisations
  • not post material that infringes the copyright or intellectual property rights of others
  • not promote commercial interests or transmit any material that may breach the Spam
    Act 2003
    (Cth)
  • not include links to websites or email addresses in posts
  • protect their personal privacy and that of others by not including personal information in posts or comments (for example, names, email addresses, private addresses or phone numbers)
  • acknowledge that content posted by the Supreme Court of Victoria on its social media platforms is general in nature and must not be taken as advice relating to individual specific circumstances
  • acknowledge that any information they provide on the Court's social media platforms will not be linked in any way to matters before the Court, except where required or authorised by law
  • acknowledge that anything they communicate on the Court's social media platforms will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary
  • abide by the rules of the social media platforms.

2. If a user breaches this Policy, the Court reserves the right to:

  • remove content and disable the user from posting any material to its social media platforms
  • suspend or permanently block users from its social media platforms
  • report users to the relevant social media authority, and/or any appropriate law enforcement authorities
  • take other action, including legal action, which it considers to be appropriate.

3. In administering the Supreme Court of Victoria's social media platforms, the Court:

  • takes reasonable care in linking to websites that the Court does not manage or maintain control over, including content posted or the availability of those websites
  • may remove any material that it considers may endanger the safety of any person or harm the administration of justice
  • makes no representation that the material on any linked website does not infringe the intellectual property rights, or any other rights, of any person
  • makes reasonable efforts to ensure inappropriate material is identified and moderated. The Court does not guarantee that all inappropriate material will be identified
  • accepts no legal liability arising from, or connected to, the publication of content, the failure to moderate content, or the use of (or reliance on) content by a user
  • does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused (including through negligence), which users may directly or indirectly suffer in connection with their use of the platforms, or any linked site or facility.
  • will only use and disclose personal information posted, or otherwise communicated using the platform in the manner required or authorised by law
  • does not accept responsibility for the privacy practices or content of the social media platforms, or websites it links to
  • records all information posted on its social media platforms and uses the information to administrative purposes.

If you have any questions or feedback about this Policy, please contact the Supreme Court's media team (External link).

The Court's Media Policy and Practices details the policies and practices adopted by the Supreme Court of Victoria when dealing with the media, including the media's use of social media when reporting matters before the Court.