April 25, 1988


Opinion 88/7

Jurisdiction of the Committee

Re: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated March 1, 1988

Dear Judge

I have received and considered your letter dated March 1, 1988.

The function of the Committee on Standard of Conduct Governing Judges is confined to the rendering of "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." Petition of the Committee on Standards of Conduct for Judges 327 So2d 5 (Fla. 1976).

To the best of my knowledge, the Committee has not rendered an advisory opinion of the kind your letter suggests. I believe copies of the Committee's opinions are available to you in the Broward County Law Library

Cordially yours,

Richard H. Frank, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members

Participating Members: Judges Booth, Dell, Frank, Goldstein, Green, Levy, Shutter, Tolton and Attorney Page

All reference to the inquiring judge is deleted from the copies sent to the following individuals.

Mr. Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida
Linda Yates, Managing Editor, The Florida Bar Journal
Brooke S. Kennerly, Executive Director, Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Hon. Howard T. Markey, Chairman, Ethics Advisory Panel of the Judicial Conference of the United States .
Jeffrey M. Shaman, Esquire, Director, Center for Judicial Conduct Organizations
Ms. Jean Underhill, Librarian, Broward County Law Library
Mr. Robert Wallace, Librarian, Dade County Law Library
Mr. Brian Polley, Librarian, Supreme Court of Florida