The Supreme Judicial Court's Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct Invites Public Comment on a Proposed New Code of Judicial Conduct
The Supreme Judicial Court's Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct ("Committee") invites public comments on a proposed new Code of Judicial Conduct. The Supreme Judicial Court established the Committee in September 2012, and asked it to review the current Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct in light of the American Bar Association's 2007 Model Code of Judicial Conduct. The current Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct is based on the American Bar Association's 1990 Model Code. The Committee is chaired by Justice Cynthia J. Cohen of the Appeals Court, and Committee members are drawn from the judiciary, the bar, and academia.
The Supreme Judicial Court website has the following documents available for review:
- The Committee's Proposed Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct for Public Comment.
- The Report of the Committee on the Proposed Code as Published for Public Comment. The Report includes a summary of key recommendations. Appendices A and B are at the end of the Report.
- For a redlined comparison of the Proposed Code with the 2007 ABA Model Code, please click here .
The Committee will make its recommendations to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court following receipt and review of public comments. Comments are due by Friday May 22, 2015, and should be directed to the Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct at CodeJudicialConductComm@sjc.state.ma.us. The comments received will be made available to the public.
(posted June 17, 2015)
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