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Judicial Ethics Educational and Historical Information

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court adopted a new Code of Judicial Conduct, effective January 1, 2016. Educational and historical information about the current Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as the Codes that preceded it, is listed below.

Educational Resources

Code History: Current Code of Judicial Conduct

Code History: Prior Codes of Judicial Conduct in effect from October 1, 2003 – December 31, 2015

The archived Disposition Table and Derivation Table correlate the provisions of an earlier version of the Code, effective through September 30, 2003, and a revised Code, effective through December 31, 2015. The Code by Code Comparison shows side-by-side the language of each provision of the Code effective through December 31, 2015, and the cognate language (if any) in the Code effective through September 30, 2003.

There are two archived canon indices -- one for the Code as it existed through September 30, 2003, and one for the Code effective October 1, 2003 through December 31, 2015.

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