The Supreme Court is responsible for promulgating the Code of Judicial Ethics pursuant to Article VI, section 18(m), of the California Constitution. The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics makes recommendations to the court regarding whether amendments to the Code are necessary or appropriate.
Invitation to Comment
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Recent Committee Activity
California Code of Judicial Ethics: Revisions effective January 1, 2013 (showing markups)
Proposed Changes in Judicial Ethics Circulated for Public Comment (April 16, 2007)
About the Committee
The Supreme Court established the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) to help inform the judiciary and the public about judicial ethics. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80.) CJEO publishes formal advisory opinions, issues confidential written opinions, and provides oral advice on proper judicial conduct under the California Code of Judicial Ethics. In providing its advisory opinions, the committee acts independently of the Supreme Court, the Commission on Judicial Performance, the Judicial Council, and all other entities. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(b).)
CJEO members are appointed by the Supreme Court as part of its constitutional responsibility to guide the conduct of judges and judicial candidates (Cal. Const., art. VI, § 18, subd. (m)). The court appoints members to CJEO with a strong background in judicial ethics and diverse courtroom experience. CJEO’s current members include judicial and subordinate judicial officers who have serving in courts of various sizes throughout the state and one retired judge.
Recent Supreme Court Activity About Committee Membership
Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on a Proposal to Change the Terms and Term Limits for Membership and Leadership for the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (September 30, 2015)
Item Number: SP15-07
The Supreme Court invites comment on proposed amendments to the CJEO membership and leadership provisions of Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80. The proposal would:
The amendments are proposed to provide the court with authority to allow for greater continuity and stability on the committee while retaining the court’s discretion to make regular membership and leadership changes.
Deadline: Comments are due by Wednesday, November 18, 2015, and please note that comments received may become part of the public record. Comments may be submitted:
Frank A. McGuire
Court Administrator and
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court of California
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Recent Committee Activity
CJEO Seeks Public Comment on Draft Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion (September 3, 2015)
The committee invites public comment on a draft formal opinion that provides guidance on attending a partisan political fundraising events, as political, civic, and judicial campaign activities.
The committee will consider all comments submitted by the public when deciding whether or not to publish an opinion in final form. Please note that all comments submitted to the committee are confidential communications that may not be disclosed unless confidentiality is waived. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(h).)
Comments submitted with a statement waiving confidentiality will be made public on the CJEO website at the close of the comment period.
Deadline: Comments are due by October 23, 2015, and may be submitted:
Contact the Committee
The California Supreme Court
Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions
Earl Warren Building
350 McAllister Street, Room 1144A
San Francisco, California 94102
For More Information
On the committee and its opinions, visit the CJEO website.
The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules for Publication of Court of Appeal Opinions is charged with reviewing the current standards used by the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court in determining which Court of Appeal opinions should be certified for publication and with making recommendations to the Supreme Court on what changes, if any, should be instituted to better ensure that appropriate cases are published. The 13-member committee is chaired by Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar.
Final Report and Recommendations (November 2006)
Report and recommendations of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to review the rules for the publication of Court of Appeal opinions and recommend whether the criteria or procedures in the rules should be changed. The report summarizes publication statistics, survey results and other information considered by the committee and recommends changes in the rules, including stating that an opinion which meets one or more of the publication criteria should be certified for publication.
Invitation to Comment: Revised Recommendations for Amendment to California Rule of Court, Rule 976 (CLOSED April 28, 2006, 32 KB)
News Release: Supreme Court Committee Seeks New Comments on Publication Proposal (February 23, 2006)
Invitation to Comment: Preliminary Report and Recommendations on Rules for Publication of Court of Appeal Opinions (CLOSED Jan. 6, 2006 1,141 KB)
The Supreme Court Multijurisdictional Practice Implementation Committee was appointed to determine the specific rules and procedures necessary to implement recommendations for modifying the restrictions on the practice of law by attorneys who are not members of the State Bar of California. The committee submitted its report and recommendations to the Supreme Court, which has adopted the committee's proposed rules governing practice by non-California attorneys serving as in-house counsel, legal services attorneys, litigation attorneys in California in anticipation of litigation or in connection with litigation elsewhere, and non-litigation attorneys temporarily in California. The new rules took effect on November 15, 2004.
After announcing in late 2007 that it would appoint a Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, the Supreme Court appointed an Implementation Committee to make recommendations to the court on proposed procedures and rules for the new ethics committee. The Implementation Committee included the seven members of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics, two members nominated by the Commission on Judicial Performance, and two members nominated by the California Judges Association. The chair of the committee was Justice Richard D. Fybel of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three. The California Supreme Court then adopted Rule 9.80, effective July 1, 2009, governing the practices and procedures to be followed by its new Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions.