April 21, 2019

Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board Issues Opinion on Whether Judge Can Serve on Governmental Committee

On Monday, September 24, 2012, the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board issued C.J.E.A.B. Advisory Opinion 2012-05.

C.J.E.A.B. Advisory Opinion 2012-05 discusses whether a judge who regularly presides over dependency & neglect proceedings may participate on a newly-created Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council developed by the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Board advised that the judge may participate on the Council as long as she is able to maintain impartiality, does not give rise to the appearance of impropriety, or violate any other provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Board warned that the judge must continually reevaluate the propriety of her affiliation with the Council and be mindful of her obligations under the Code.

The Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board consists of judges and non-judges who provide advice on ethical issues to judicial officers who request an opinion on prospective conduct.  Any state judge, justice, magistrate, district administrator or clerk of court in Colorado may request an advisory opinion from the Board. A request may be submitted using JDF 2, “Request for Judicial Advisory Opinion Pursuant to Chief Justice Directive (CJD) 94-01.”

All of the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board opinions may be found here.

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