The following are archived materials, including Advisory Opinions of the Committee on Judicial Ethics from 1989 through 2014, and the Code of Judicial Conduct in effect from October 1, 2003 – December 31, 2015. The archives also include the Code in effect through September 30, 2003. A judge should not rely on any pre- 2016 CJE Advisory Opinion without contacting Barbara Berenson at Barbara.Berenson@sjc.state.ma.us or 617- 557-1048.
The following archived Advisory 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 December 31, 2015. There are two canon indices -- one for the Code as it existed through September 30, 2003, and one for the Code effective October 1, 2003 - December 31, 2015. For information about the new Code of Judicial Conduct, effective January 1, 2016, click here.
Search Archived Judicial Ethics Opinions
- Judicial Ethics Opinions Chronological Index of Opinions (through December 31, 2015)
- Committee on Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinions Subject Index (through December 31, 2015)
- Table of Canons and Sections Cited in Opinions (through December 31, 2015)
Code in effect from October 1, 2003 - December 31, 2015.
- Table of Canons and Sections Cited in Opinions
Code in Effect Until September 30, 2003