New Code of Judicial Conduct, effective January 1, 2016

The Supreme Judicial Court announced on October 22, 2015, the adoption of a new Code of Judicial Conduct, effective on January 1, 2016.  The Supreme Judicial Court has also adopted a new rule governing the Committee on Judicial Ethics that will also be effective on January 1, 2016. Click here to learn more information about the new Code and the new rule governing the Committee.

Committee on Judicial Ethics

The Committee on Judicial Ethics provides advisory opinions and informal advice to judges, and to individuals nominated to be judges, with respect to the rules of court that govern the ethical and professional conduct of judges. For more detailed information about the Committee -- including information on how to make a request for ethical advice -- or to read the applicable court rules or the text of the advisory opinions issued by the Committee, click on one of the links listed below.

Description of Committee

How to Make a Request

Code of Judicial Conduct and Other Applicable Rules

Memorandum from the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court Regarding Participation in Bar Association Events (July 31, 2014) pdf format of Memo Regarding Participation in Bar Association Events
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For additional information on this Committee, contact:

Pamela B. Lyons, Esq. 
Secretary, Committee on Judicial Ethics
Supreme Judicial Court
John Adams Courthouse 
One Pemberton Square, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02108-1750

Phone: 617-557-1071
Fax: 617-723-3577

The Committee's opinions are indexed in three ways: by subject matter; in chronological order with brief subject headings; and according to the Canons and Sections cited in each opinion.

The subject and chronological indices include all of the Committee's opinions from its inception to date. There are two canon indices -- one for the Code as it existed through September 30, 2003, and one for the new, revised Code effective October 1, 2003. Opinion 2003-11 and all subsequent opinions deal with the provisions of the new Code.