Monday, August 12, 2013

IMO Advisory Letter No. 7-11 of the Supreme Court Comm. on Extrajudicial Activities (A-12-11; 068633)

A fully informed and reasonable person could question a judge’s ability to be impartial in ruling on matters concerning law enforcement colleagues of the judge’s child. Thus, consistent with the canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, a municipal court judge whose child becomes a police officer in the same municipality may not hear any cases involving that police department. The judge also may not supervise other judges who hear those cases. 3-6-13