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:
- The terminology section of the code. (Online comment link)
- Canon 2: “A Judge Shall Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All of the Judge’s Activities.” (Online comment link)
- Canon 3: “A Judge Shall Perform the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently.”(Online comment link)
- Canon 4: “A Judge Shall So Conduct the Judge’s Quasi-Judicial and Extrajudicial Activities as to Minimize the Risk of Conflict with Judicial Obligations.” (Online comment link)
- Canon 5: “A Judge or Judicial Candidate Shall Refrain from Inappropriate Political Activity.(Online comment link)
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.