Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Ohio Supreme Court has proposed new rules of conduct for judges. This link to the court's announcement provides a link to the full text of the proposed revisions. The announcement states:
A sampling of some of the more significant revisions contained in the draft Code include:
- A proposed rule that bars a judicial candidate from making any pledge, promise or commitment inconsistent with the impartial performance of judicial duties.
- New provisions that provide guidance to judges who preside over “specialized dockets” such as drug courts or mental health courts.
- New provisions that outline the permissible role of a judge in facilitating the settlement of pending cases.
- Clearer guidance with regard to the acceptance and reporting of gifts, including a streamlined reporting requirement for gifts and extrajudicial compensation. (Mike Frisch)