ABA Releases Judicial Conduct Code Proposal

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A final proposal for substantive changes in the Model Code of Judicial conduct is posted on the American Bar Association Web site for review, ABA officials say.

The 180-page report will be considered by the ABA House of Delegates at its meeting in Miami, Fla., Feb. 12 and 13. It includes changes reflecting comments received since a draft was released at the end of October.

Nancy Slonim, ABA deputy director for policy communications and media relations, said the report culminates three years of work by an ABA task force.

The Joint Commission on Evaluation of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct was created in September 2003.

This marks the first comprehensive revamping of the judicial code in almost two decades.

Slonim said that if the proposed new code is approved by the House of Delegates, it will become ABA policy and will be circulated among the states for consideration by their highest state courts.

"To the extent that it is adopted, it will be enforceable," Slonim said. …