Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership
Recognizing that judges have grappled with the propriety of participation in extrajudicial activities for decades, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2017-2018 Family Violence and Domestic Relations Steering Committee set the development of guidance on extra-judicial activity as a priority to encourage judges to engage in judicial leadership. This guidance is the result of the review of judicial ethics codes promulgated by states, the District of Columbia, Territories and tribes, as well as opinions issued by judicial ethics committees and commissions. This guidance is designed to serve as a tool for judges evaluating whether a proposed extra-judicial activity meets the requirements of the judicial code of conduct in the jurisdictions where ethics opinions have been published.
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