Personal and Confidential
Document fact that student
worked on judge's campaign
Re: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated October 19, 1993
You have requested an opinion of our Committee based on the following circumstances:
A person who was a former campaign worker for you when you ran for judge is now enrolled in college. This college gives credit for "life experiences" for students and this student would like you to document the fact that the student worked on your campaign.
All of the responding members of our Committee concur that it would be proper for you to give a factual response confirming the work that was done on your behalf. Your inquiry does not seem to contemplate a situation where you would be making laudatory comments or references to character but simply confirming the fact that the student worked for you during a certain period of time and performed a specified list of functions.
The committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory to the inquiring party, to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and to the judiciary at large. Conduct that is consistent with an advisory opinion issued by the committee may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the interpretive opinions issued by the committee. Petition of the Committee on Standards of Conduct for Judges, 327 So2d 5 (Fla.1976).
Very truly yours,
Nath C. Doughtie, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Office of State Court Administrator (name of Judge deleted from this copy)
Participating members: Judges Doughtie, Farina, Goldstein, Green, Kahn, Patterson, Rushing, Tolton and Edwards, Esq.