TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Nov 16, 2018

A Facebook friendship with a lawyer doesn’t automatically disqualify a judge from hearing a case involving that lawyer, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 4-3 decision. The ABA Journal reports the Florida court saying that in the most basic sense, a Facebook friendship is a digital connection between people, and they may or may not be friends in the traditional sense of the word. Facebook friendships are more casual and less permanent than traditional friendships, and the connection “may be as fleeting as the flick of a delete button,” the court said, quoting from another case.