November 19, 1993
Personal and Confidential
Serving on honorary advisory
Board of Directors of beach resort
Re: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated October 19, 1993
You have inquired about the ethical propriety of serving on the Honorary Advisory Board of Directors of the Sunny Isles Beach Resort.
All responding members of this Committee agree that it would be a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct for you to serve in this capacity. Although judges have served as members of the board of directors of community organizations, it would appear from the information provided by you that you would not be an active member of a board of directors, but simply an honorary member whose only function would be to lend the prestige of your judicial office to this honorary board. Based on this understanding, our Committee finds it would be improper for you to allow your name to be so used.
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.