April 29, 1994
(Reporting gifts from bequests
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
RE: Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
Your inquiry dated March 15, 1994
You have requested an opinion from our Committee concerning the reporting of gifts. The members responding agree with your assessment that the Canons do not require you to report a gift from your father or a bequest from your mother's estate. Gifts and bequests fall within the purview of Canon 5(C)(4)(b) and not Canon 5(C)(4)(c).
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 So.2d 5 (Fla.1976).
Very truly yours,
Nath C. Doughtie, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges
cc: All Committee Members
Office of the Courts Administrator (name of judge deleted from this copy)
Participating members: Judges Dell, Doughtie, Goldstein, Green, Kahn, Patterson , Rushing, Taylor and Tolton.