Opinions of the Judicial Ethics
Advisory Committee



2002


 

 Opinion
 Canon(s)
 Subject
 2002-01  5F and 5G
May a judge privately mediate the dissolution of his/her friends' marriage?
 2002-02  1, 2 & 2A
Spouse of Administrative Judge of Family Division employed as a case manager in the Family Division
 2002-03  
May pro bono part-time family law hearing officers continue to practice law in the same circuit in which they preside as hearing officers over child support cases?
 2002-04  2
Chief Judge responding to applications for clemency or requests from the Florida Parole Commission
 2002-05  3E(1)
Whether a judge in a family division must disclose that he/she is divorced and may potentially be involved in litigation concerning his/her children?
 
Whether a judge in a family division must recuse himself/herself in litigation concerning children, when the judge may potentially be involved in similar litigation?
 2002-06  
May a Title IV Child support Hearing Officer, sitting in one county in a four-county circuit on a limited basis, be permitted to practice law involving civil litigation matters that do not include family, criminal, probate, guardianship, or mental health cases in the judicial circuit where the hearing officer hears child support cases?
 2002-07
(Elections)
 7A(3)

Where a judge is in a contested election immediately after the judge's gubernatorial appointment, may the judge use the word "re-elect" in conjunction with the judge's campaign advertisements?

Where a judge is in a contested election immediately after the judge's gubernatorial appointment, may the judge use the word "retain" in conjunction with the judge's campaign advertisements?

 2002-08
(Elections)
7A(1)(d), 7B(2), 7C(2) and 7C(3)
May a judicial candidate attend a political meeting to socialize and greet the participants, but not speak?
 2002-09
 4A and 4D(2)(b)
Whether a judge may write a letter to a grant provider encouraging the funding of a local non-profit organization that provides victims of domestic violence with advocates, both criminal and civil, as the victims' cases proceed through the court system?
 2002-10
(Elections)
 

Whether a traffic hearing officer can endorse judicial candidates?

Whether a traffic hearing officer can make financial contributions to the campaign of judicial candidates?

 2002-11
(Elections)
 7
May a judicial candidate, who, along with his opponent, is invited to speak at a political party meeting: hand out campaign literature; speak with the attendees; attend the meeting until called upon to speak?
 2002-12
(Elections)
 7A(3)(d) (i), (ii) and (iii)
May a judicial candidate state: "Elect Prosecutor (name of candidate) for Circuit Judge" on the candidate's campaign literature?
 2002-13
(Elections)
 7

Judicial candidate "privately" disclosing political party affiliation;

Judicial candiate using political party facilities

Judicial candidate expressing the candidate's philosophy regarding the law and constitution;

Judicial candidate expressing views on controversial issues such as religious freedom and abortion;

Judicial candidate publicising opponent's business practices gleaned from the public record

 2002-14  5C(2)
Whether a circuit court judge may participate in an independent, state-registered, and regulated, political action committee.
 2002-15  1, 2, 2A
May a judge, who is the spouse of a supervisor/coordinator of a Pretrial Services Assessment Division, preside over a conference in which assessment officers, under the supervision of the spouse, make recommendations to the Court regarding the likelihood of defendants complying with non-monetary conditions of bail?
 2002-16
(Elections)
 

May a judicial candidate attend a fund raiser for an anti-discrimination political organization?

Can the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee render opinions on the constitutionality of enacted laws?

 2002-17  5C(3)
May a judge assume the presidency of a non-profit civic organization which has as its central focus the providing of cultural events to the citizen's of the county and which benefits the community through various outreach?
 2002-18 5, 7
May a judicial candidate, who is not a judge, participate in a fund-raising function for a non-profit organization?
 2002-19 3E(1)(c); 3F; 5A(1)(3) and 5D(1)(a)(b)
Does the Code of Judicial Conduct mandate the disqualification of a judge who jointly owns a parcel of real estate with an attorney who infrequently appears before the judge?
 2002-20
Recedes from JEAC Opinion 91-07
5D(5)(d), (e), and (h) and 6B(2)
Does the Code of Judicial Conduct require a Judge to report gifts received from his or her spouse, children, siblings, and close personal friends?
 2002-21  
May a part-time Title IV child support hearing officer practice law in the same circuit and same county in which the hearing officer presides as long as the officer does not practice probate, guardianship, or mental health law?