Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct Archived and Historical Information

The Supreme Judicial Court adopted a new Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct, effective on January 1, 2016. The below information is archived historical information about the Code of Judicial Conduct from prior years.

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. 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 Barbara Berenson at Barbara.Berenson@jud.state.ma.us or 617- 557-1048.

Code of Judicial Conduct in effect from October 1, 2003 – December 31, 2015

The following is historical information about the Code of Judicial Conduct that was in effect from October 1, 2003 to December 31, 2015.

The Disposition Table and the Derivation Table correlate the provisions of the earlier version of the Code, effective through September 30, 2003, and the 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.

Additional Resources for Code of Judicial Conduct in effect from October 1, 2003 – December 31, 2015

Archived Advisory Opinions

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.

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