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The following is an archived advisory opinion of the Committee on Judicial Ethics (CJE) from the time period of 1989 through 2014, and the Code of Judicial Conduct that was in effect from October 1, 2003 to December 31, 2015. Archived advisory opinions also include the Code that was in effect through September 30, 2003. The Supreme Judicial Court adopted a new Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct, effective on January 1, 2016. A judge should not rely on any pre- 2016 CJE Advisory Opinion without contacting Supreme Judicial Court Senior Attorney Barbara F. Berenson, counsel to the Committee on Judicial Ethics, at Barbara.Berenson@jud.state.ma.us or 617- 557-1048.
The Committee has decided not to publish this opinion because, even in redacted form, the identity of the requesting judge could easily be determined.
The opinion involves the following Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct: 3 (C), 3 (C) (1), 3 (C) (1) (c), 3 (C) (1) (d) (i), 3 (C) (3), and 3 (D).