May 01, 2018

Off the Bench: Ethical Issues to Consider When Judges Interact with Attorneys and Others Outside the Courtroom

By Judge Margaret H. Downie (Ret.) and Chief Judge Samuel A. Thumma

The strength and independence of the judiciary are benefited greatly by many things, including the guidance and direction from a code of ethics. The American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct has provided such guidance and direction for many years. The Code furthers essential goals of the judiciary, including integrity, impartiality, competence, and diligence in the administration of justice. While providing guidance and direction for conduct in the courtroom, the Code also addresses how judicial officers may interact with individuals more broadly, outside of the courtroom.

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