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ABA MODEL CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT
(2011 EDITION)

The Model Code of Judicial Conduct was adopted by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association on August 7, 1990 and amended on August 6, 1997, August 10, 1999, August 12, 2003, February 12, 2007 and August 10, 2010.

Nothing contained in this book is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases, and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own legal counsel. This book and any forms and agreements herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only.

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PREAMBLE, SCOPE AND TERMINOLOGY 

APPLICATION 

 

 

CANON 1
A JUDGE SHALL UPHOLD AND PROMOTE THE INDEPENDENCE, INTERGRITY, AND IMPARTIALITY OF THE JUDICIARY, AND SHALL AVOID IMPROPRIETY AND THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY

 

RULE 1.1    Compliance with the Law

RULE 1.2    Promoting Confidence in the Judiciary

RULE 1.3    Avoiding Abuse of the Prestige of Judicial Office

 

 

CANON 2
A JUDGE SHALL PERFORM THE DUTIES OF JUDICIAL OFFICE IMPARTIALLY, COMPETENTLY, AND DILIGENTLY

 

RULE 2.1     Giving Precedence to the Duties of Judicial Office

RULE 2.2     Impartiality and Fairness

RULE 2.3     Bias, Prejudice and Harassment

RULE 2.4     External Influences on Judicial Conduct

RULE 2.5     Competence, Diligence, and Cooperation

RULE 2.6     Ensuring the Right to Be Heard

RULE 2.7     Responsibility to Decide

RULE 2.8     Decorum, Demeanor, and Communication with Jurors

RULE 2.9     Ex Parte Communications

RULE 2.10   Judicial Statements on Pending and Impending Cases

RULE 2.11   Disqualification

RULE 2.12   Supervisory Duties

RULE 2.13   Administrative Appointments

RULE 2.14   Disability and Impairment

RULE 2.15   Responding to Judicial and Lawyer Misconduct

RULE 2.16   Cooperation with Disciplinary Authorities

 

CANON 3
A JUDGE SHALL CONDUCT THE JUDGE’S PERSONAL AND EXTRAJUDICIAL ACTIVITIES TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF CONFLICT WITH THE OBLIGATIONS OF JUDICIAL OFFICE.

 

RULE 3.1     Extrajudicial Activities in General

RULE 3.2     Appearances before Governmental Bodies and Consultation with
                     Government Officials

RULE 3.3     Testifying as Character Witness

RULE 3.4     Appointments to Governmental Positions

RULE 3.5     Use of Nonpublic Information

RULE 3.6     Affiliation with Discriminatory Organizations

RULE 3.7     Participation in Educational, Religious, Charitable, Fraternal, or
                     Civic Organizations and Activities

RULE 3.8     Appointments to Fiduciary Positions

RULE 3.9     Service as Arbitrator or Mediator

RULE 3.10   Practice of Law

RULE 3.11   Financial, Business, or Remunerative Activities

RULE 3.12   Compensation for Extrajudicial Activities

RULE 3.13   Acceptance and Reporting of Gifts, Loans, Bequests,
                     Benefits, or Other Things of Value

RULE 3.14   Reimbursement of Expenses and Waivers of Fees or Charges

RULE 3.15   Reporting Requirements


  

CANON 4
A JUDGE OR CANDIDATE FOR JUDICIAL OFFICE SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL OR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY, OR IMPARTIALITY OF THE JUDICIARY

 

RULE 4.1     Political and Campaign Activities of Judges and Judicial Candidates in General

RULE 4.2     Political and Campaign Activities of Judicial Candidates in Public Elections

RULE 4.3     Activities of Candidates for Appointive Judicial Office

RULE 4.4    Campaign Committees

RULE 4.5    Activities of Judges Who Become Candidates for
                    Nonjudicial Office

 

Spanish Translation (2009) | (1987-1990) Standing Committee on Ethics & Professional Responsibility and Judicial Code Subcommittee

 

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