Opinions of the Judicial Ethics
Advisory Committee


1998

 Opinion

 Canon(s)

 Subject
 98-1
5, 5A, 5B
Judge writing fictional crime novel with help from Assistant StateAttorney
 98-2
 
Judge serving on Executive Board of local Character Counts Coalition which is a part of the United Way
 98-3
7, 7A, 7C, 7E
Judicial Candidate accompanied by legislator spouse to non-partisan legislative events and other events
 98-4
3, 3C(4)
Judge employing niece-in-law as a Judicial Assistant
 98-5
4A, 4B
Judge attending educational program designed for and attended by criminal defense attorneys
 98-6
4, 4A, 4B, 4B2, 4C
Judge as Member/Director - Continued directorship of "MentalHealthTaskForce" during formation of non-profit corporation responsible for seeking private funding
 98-7
3, 3B(9), 4, 5, 5A(1)
Judges signing and circulating a petition to have victims in an unresolved murder case honored on a United States postage stamp
 98-8
2A, 3 , 4, 4A, 5B
Judge as Member - Victim's Rights Council
 98-9
4, 4A, 4B
Judge participating in the establishment of a county Community Justice Coalition; Chief Judge signing proposed agreement on behalf of all judges within the circuit establishing a county Community Justice Coalition
 98-10
4, 4D(2), 4D(2)(a)
Judge accepting an award at a non-fundraising event.
 98-11
Recedes from JEAC Opinions 85-12 and 77-08
2, 2B, 5, 5D, 5D(5), 5D(5)(e), 5D(5)(h), 6, 6B
Judge establishing and maintaining a defense fund to defend against charges of unethical behavior brought by the Judicial Qualifications Commission
 98-12
3E
Part-time Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer - Limitation upon private practice of law
 98-13
4, 4A, 4B
Judge speaking to and submitting proposed legislation to legislators in an effort to improve the law
 98-14
4, 4B, 7, 7A, 7A(1), 7A(1)(d), 7B2, 7C(2), 7C(3)
 
Judge addressing electorate about proposed constitutional amendments at partisan and non-partisan forums; Judge or circuit (as an entity) publicly advocating a position on proposed constitutional amendments
 98-15
overruled by Op. 03-04
2B
Judge providing a non-subpoeaned voluntary statement to authorities conducting a criminal investigation of another (overruled by Op. 03-04 )
 98-16
4, 4D(2), 4D(2)(a)
Chief Judge soliciting donations from judges, court personnel and others within the Circuit's court system to benefit an area homeless shelter
 98-17
7, 7C(3)
Judical Candidate - Candidate for judicial office attending a "Question and Answer" forum sponsored by a partisan organization
 98-18
6, 7
Judical Candidate - Judicial candidate serving on the Executive Committee of a local bar association
 98-19
 
Judicial Candidate - Appearing in photograph with Legislator/Spouse and attending interview by political party to obtain party endorsement
 98-20
3, 3E(1), 3F
Recusal - Judge's daughter is attorney of record. Recusal of law firm employing daughter of judge. Collection of attorney's fees earned prior to becoming judge.
 98-21
3(B)(11);3(D)(2)
Judge's duty to report attorney misconduct, when misconduct discovered during in camera inspection, occasioned by attorney's exercise of Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination
 98-22
3(B)(7)(d), 5(F)
Whether a part-time Child Support Hearing Officer may serve also as a part-time Family Mediator
 98-23
 
Whether a Traffic Hearing Officer's associate attorney may represent defendants charged with driving under the influence of alcohol
 98-24
7(C)(2)
Judicial Candidate - Candidate for merit retention speaking at church sponsored candidates' night
 98-25
1, 2(B), 7(1)(b)
Judge-elect - Participation in non-judicial campaigns prior to being sworn in as a County Judge
 98-26
4D, 5C(2)
Judge as member - Mayor's Victims' Assistance Advisory Council - Judge's service in a leadership postion
 98-27
7, 7A(3)(d)(ii-iii)
Judicial Candidate - Use of advertising which reproduces negative or critical headlines, stories or opinions about the candidate's opponent
 98-28
3B(7), 3B(9)
Whether a judge may appear in a documentary concerning a case he recently tried when the case is currently on appeal
 98-29
2(B), 5(D)(1), 5(D)(2), 5(D)(3)
Whether a judge may indirectly refer a defendant or respondent in a domestic violence case to a domestic violence program owned and operated by a county judge and his spouse
 98-30
2(B), 5A(1), 5D(1)(a) & (b), 5D(2), 5D(3), 5D(4)
Whether a judge may facilitate batterers' groups in his spouses' program? Whether a judges' spouse may own and operate a domestic violence program in the circuit in which the judge presides?
 98-31
4, 4B, 4D, 4D(2)(d), 5C(3)(a), 5C(3)(b)(iii), 7
Whether a Judge may belong to a voluntary bar organization that advocates passage of a constitutional amendment
 98-32
5C(3)
Whether a Judge may participate in a charity fashion show