Judicial Cannon of Ethics. What are they?

We are all  familiar with how malevolent and malicious  Judges are with their belief statements; however, they do have rules that are supposed to govern their conduct on the bench.

The ethics and judicial cannons have been determined by the Supreme Court and basically fall into 6 categories, namely:

Canon 1. A judge shall uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

Canon 2. A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge’s activities.

Canon 3. A judge shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently.

Canon 4. A judge shall so conduct the judge’s quasi-judicial and extrajudicial activities as to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial obligations.

Canon 5. A judge or judicial candidate shall refrain from inappropriate political activity.

Canon 6. Compliance with the code of judicial ethics.

Each category has different subcategories, defined by an advisory committee which again determines Judicial conduct.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/ca_code_judicial_ethics.pdf

Amazingly, malevolence is indeed frowned upon. Judicial officers have a duty to adhere to the law, they cannot provide legal advise and act as a party’s attorney and they have to allow a fair hearing.

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