Committees

Current Supreme Court Committees



Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics

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.

List of committee members

Invitation to Comment

The committee is currently seeking comment on a proposal to amend Canon 4C(3)(d)(iii) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics. Please note that comments received may become part of the public record. Please send your comments to invitations@jud.ca.gov. The deadline for comments is December 1, 2015.

SP15-09: Proposed Amendments to Canon 4C(3)(d)(iii) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics

Recent Committee Activity

California Code of Judicial Ethics: Revisions effective January 1, 2013 (showing markups)

Public Comment Sought On Proposed Changes to Code of Judicial Ethics (NR 17-11) (June 1, 2011)

Supreme Court Adopts Changes in Ethics Code for California Judges (Nov. 1, 2007)

Proposed Changes in Judicial Ethics Circulated for Public Comment (April 16, 2007)

Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions

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).)

Visit the CJEO website for more information about the committee and its published advisory opinions.


Past Supreme Court Committees



Advisory Committee on Rules for Publication of Court of Appeals Opinions

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.

Multijurisdictional Practice Implementation Committee

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.

Implementation Committee for the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions

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.

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