Carl Reynolds, administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration, says he’s learned at professional conferences that some state courts use Twitter to release new opinions and other notices.
Reynolds says no Texas appellate court is currently in the Twitterverse, but the OCA has taken steps to prepare the Lone Star State’s judiciary to tweet if the time comes.
First, Reynolds wants to protect the Texas judiciary’s brand.
“We saw a Twitter feed that sounded confusingly like it was official,” he says, adding that his office notified Twitter that such an official handle was inappropriate.
Casey Kennedy, OCA director of information services, writes in an email the account posted Texas Supreme Court opinions as well as spam-like advertisements and weather reports. The OCA is working with Twitter to remove the unofficial profile.
Then the OCA “reserved some Twitter names so that people would have them available,” Reynolds says. For example, Kennedy writes, the OCA reserved the Twitter handles “SupremeCourt_TX, CCA_TX and 1stCOA_TX through 14thCOA_TX.”
Reynolds notes each appellate court’s judges or clerks would make the decision to tweet, then the OCA would help with “techie-side stuff.”
-- Angela Morris