Opinion 79-13

November 15, 1979

Dear Judge:

This is in response to your letter of October 15th, 1979, wherein you asked if it is proper for a county judge to serve on the board of directors of a county commission on alcoholism. The commission would regulate the day-to-day operation of a D.W.I. counter-attack school.

A majority of our members say you can do so, if it does not interfere with your judicial duties. Three members dissented, on the theory that as a county court judge you sentence persons convicted of D.W.I. to attend the school. Some of them may have complaints concerning the operation of the program, or may come before you for failure to attend. In Opinion #77-13, a copy of which has already been furnished to you, we indicated problems encountered in serving on boards of this type.

Yours truly,

James T. Carlisle, Chairman
Committee on Standards of Conduct Governing Judges

cc: All Committee Members
Sid White, Clerk of the Supreme Court
Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission
Florida Bar Journal
All references to the inquiring judge deleted

Participating members: Judges Booth, Carlisle, Haverfield, O'Connell, Richardson, Stephenson, Turner and Samuel Powers, Attorney