As a pilot project, we are developing some educational/reference materials on selected topics. They are not intended to replace or modify any published opinions.
These pages are intended to serve as a starting point for research. They are not necessarily a comprehensive listing of all opinions on the topic. Please contact the Advisory Committee for guidance if your facts are not identical to a published opinion.
We welcome your feedback on this approach and format.
These pages collect some opinions on a particular theme.
- Disciplinary Obligations
- Chart: When Must a Judge Report a Lawyer (May 2019) - This chart lists prior opinions in which the Committee has mandated reporting (i.e., the only appropriate action was to report the lawyer) as well as certain other related materials.
- Chart: When Must a Judge Report Another Judge (May 2019) This chart lists prior opinions in which the Committee has mandated reporting (i.e., the only appropriate action was to report another judge) as well as certain other related materials.
- Judicial Speech
- Judicial Speech Primer (Mar 2018) - Intended to provide a starting point for understanding some of the most common limitations on judicial speech. Please note it does not address participation in public advocacy activities, where the outcome may be highly fact-specific.
- Extra-Judicial Activities
- Civic and Charitable Extra-Judicial Activities (Jul 2017) - Some general principles and recent examples.
- Additional themes and topics
Miscellaneous Reference Materials
- Ethics Reference Sheets (May 2017) - reference materials covering some common issues and recommendations regarding disqualification, ex parte communications, when to seek help, and more.
- Dos and Don'ts chart (May 2017) - some simplified reminders, intended to help alert a judge when he/she may need to ask for guidance or clarification before engaging in certain activities.
- Winding Down - Opinion Digests (December 2018) - a quick reference guide to help new full-time judges find potentially relevant opinions on selected issues related to winding down their law practice.