Friday, September 12, 2008

Supreme Court Adopts New Judicial Ethics Rules

From The Indiana Lawyer:

"The Indiana Supreme Court is adopting a new Code of Judicial Conduct based on the 2007 national model of the American Bar Association. The rules will become effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Indiana is the second state after Hawaii to adopt new rules based on the ABA's model. The new code provides more concrete guidance for avoiding 'the appearance of impropriety,' which has often been criticized as being too vague; includes ethical principles for judicial candidates to use as guidance; imposes clear requirements for public disclosure of income, reimbursements, and gifts; and other updated or new rules."

This link leads to the new rules (PDF Format).

What does this mean in practical terms? Probably not much is my opinion. I think the Judicial Nominating Committee doe snot wish to remove elected judges for ethical violations while the electorate seems to think of judicial ethics as pettifoggery.

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