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Dec. 30, 2008
Supreme Court Adopts New Code of Judicial Conduct

The Supreme Court of Ohio today announced the adoption of a new Code of Judicial Conduct, which regulates the judicial and extrajudicial activities of judges. The new Code becomes effective March 1, 2009.

The revisions are based on recommendations from the 19-member Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct and written comments submitted during the public comment period. One of the main changes is the reorganization of the judicial code to correspond to the format employed by the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer thanked the task force for its work that “ensures that Ohio continues to maintain the highest, contemporary standards governing the conduct of Ohio judges.” Chief Justice Moyer noted that upcoming training courses offered by the Ohio Judicial College will devote significant attention to fostering understanding and compliance with the new code.

The new code is based on the substantive revisions to the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct that were adopted in February 2007 by the ABA’s House of Delegates. Ohio becomes the fifth state to adopt changes based on the model code.

A sampling of some of the more significant revisions contained in the code include:

Unlike the Court’s adoption of the Rules of Professional Conduct in August 2006 (effective Feb. 1, 2007), which represented a wholesale rewrite of the rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers, the Code of Judicial Conduct has been updated to reflect issues that have emerged during the last 10 to 15 years. As such, the revisions contain new provisions that outline the role of judges in facilitating settlements; offer clearer guidance for accepting and reporting gifts; and permit judges to engage in efforts to promote public trust and confidence in the courts.

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