Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Invitations to Comment: Code of Judicial Ethics

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics is seeking public comment on numerous proposed amendments to the code. The proposed amendments have been posted to the California Courts web site.

The deadline to submit comments is September 1, 2011.

The greatest part of the proposed amendments arise from the 2007 revisions to the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct.  Additional proposed amendments are based on recommendations by the Commission for Impartial Courts (CIC), which was formed by then–Chief Justice Ronald M. George in 2007 to study and recommend ways to ensure judicial quality, impartiality, and accountability (including in candidates for judicial office), and which submitted its final report to the Judicial Council in December 2009. The remaining amendments have been proposed by the committee based on issues brought to the committee’s attention by other members of the judicial community.

The proposals out for comment are: 
Comments may be submitted online (see links above), written on this forms for the individual proposals, or prepared in a letter format. Comments may be submitted online, or via email (within the message or as an attachment), mail, or fax. The relevant addresses/numbers are:

Mail: Ms. Camilla Kieliger
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: (415) 865-7664, Attn: Camilla Kieliger

More background on the whole "invitation to comment" process can be found here.

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