The Committee and its operational guidelines were established in Petition of the Committee on Standards of Conduct forJudges, 327 So.2d 5 (Fla. 1976), to wit:
"The Committee shall render advisory opinions to inquiring judges relating to the propriety of contemplated judicial and non-judicial conduct, but all opinions shall be advisory in nature only. No opinion shall bind the Judicial Qualifications Commission in any proceeding properly before that body. An opinion of the Committee may, however, in the discretion of the Commission, be considered as evidence of a good faith effort to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct; provided that no opinion issued to one judge or justice shall be authority for the conduct, or evidence of good faith, of another judge or justice unless the underlying facts are identical. All opinions rendered by the Committee shall be in writing, and a copy of each opinion, together with the request therefor, shall be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Court and with the chairman of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. All references to the name of the requesting judge shall be be deleted."
On September 4, 1997, the Supreme Court of Florida approved a request made by the Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges. By Order 90,133 , the committee is now renamed as the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.