Judge’s Extra-judicial Activities may not demean the judicial office, cast doubt on impartiality

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

A JUDGE SHALL SO CONDUCT THE JUDGE’S QUASI-JUDICIAL AND EXTRAJUDICIAL ACTIVITIES AS TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF
5 CONFLICT WITH JUDICIAL OBLIGATIONS
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7 A. Extrajudicial Activities in General
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9 A judge shall conduct all of the judge’s extrajudicial activities so that they do not
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11 (1) cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially;*
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13 (2) demean the judicial office;
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15 (3) interfere with the proper performance of judicial duties; or
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17 (4) lead to frequent disqualification of the judge.
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19 ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMMENTARY
20 Complete separation of a judge from extrajudicial activities is neither
21 possible nor wise; a judge should not become isolated from the community in
22 which he or she lives. Expressions of bias or prejudice by a judge, even outside
23 the judge’s judicial activities, may cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity
24 to act impartially* as a judge. Expressions that may do so include inappropriate
25 use of humor or the use of demeaning remarks. See Canon 2C and accompanying
26 Commentary.
27 Because a judge’s judicial duties take precedence over all other activities
28 (see Canon 3A), a judge must avoid extrajudicial activities that might reasonably
29 result in the judge being disqualified.

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