Judges Now Have a New Code of Conduct to Follow
Many of the new rules are mirrored in the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Judicial Conduct. The new rules make some substantial changes. These changes will go a long way to ensuring the integrity and independence of the judicial office.
All judges should start to read these new rules. The days of a judicial officer stating he or she hasn't read the Code of Judicial Conduct or only skimmed through it are over. It should also be noted these rules set forth the minimal standards required of a judge. Hopefully, every judicial officer will strive to be better.
Chester County lawyer Samuel C. Stretton has practiced in the area of legal and judicial ethics for more than 35 years. He welcomes questions and comments from readers. If you have a question, call Stretton directly at 610-696-4243 or write to him at 301 S. High St. P.O. Box 3231, West Chester, Pa., 19381.