In a proceeding yesterday in the Riverside Superior Court, Judge Dale Wells took the time to read emails he received into the Court record and handed two emails to the litigants involved in the case. The emails were sent to his court email and the litigants had no knowledge of the emails and were not given an opportunity to respond.
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The Judicial Canon of ethics not surprisingly greatly frowns upon such conduct and it is specifically referenced in canon 3b (7).
(7) A judge shall accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that person’s lawyer, full right to be heard according to law.* Unless otherwise authorized by law,* a judge shall not independently investigate facts in a proceeding and shall consider only the evidence presented or facts that may be properly judicially noticed. This prohibition extends to information available in all media, including electronic. A judge shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications, that is, any communications to or from the judge outside the presence of the parties concerning a pending* or impending* proceeding, and shall make reasonable efforts to avoid such communications.