Ability to Pay Hearings: A Primer for Judges

Ex Parte Communications

Marches and Demonstrations: Judges and Courts Staff

The Center for Judicial Ethics

The Center for Judicial Ethics is a clearinghouse for information about judicial ethics and discipline.

The CJE provides research support for the conduct commissions that investigate complaints of judicial misconduct, publishes educational materials for judges, and tracks opinions issued by ethics advisory committees.  The CJE publishes the Judicial Conduct Reporter and other resources on judicial ethics, including a blog with new posts every Tuesday and Throwback Thursdays.  Each year, the CJE responds to hundreds of requests for information from  judges, court systems, reporters, and others. Every two years, the CJE presents the National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics.  As a private organization, the CJE does not have the authority to discipline or investigate judges.

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2021 Ethics Awareness Month Weekly Tips

Review the weekly tips from  2021 Ethics Awareness Month here:

Weekly Tip  #1

Weekly Tip  #2

Weekly Tip #3

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CourtClass Tutorials

Watch the latest Center for Judicial Ethics CourtClass tutorial on the law and practice of conducting ability to pay hearings in connection with court-ordered financial obligations available below. In approximately 35 minutes, the online presentation covers the essential constitutional, ethical, and practical aspects of such hearings.

CourtClass: Ability to Pay Hearings - A Primer for Judicial Officers

CourtClass: Ability to Pay Hearings - Accompanying Materials

CourtClass - Ex Parte Communications

CourtClass: Ex Parte Communications - Accompanying Materials

CourtClass - Marches and Demonstrations: Judges and Courts Staff

CourtClass: Judicial Participation in Marches - Accompanying Materials

Most Requested CJE Resources

When confidentiality ceases in judicial discipline proceedings

Composition of state judicial conduct commissions

Available sanctions in judicial discipline proceedings

Social media and judicial ethics:  Part 1

Social media and judicial ethics:  Part 2

Social media and judicial ethics update
Updated April 2021

Judicial disqualification based on campaign contributions
Updated November 2016

Case-law following Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
Updated July 2018 

Self-represented litigants and the code of judicial conduct Up-dated May 2019

Interim Suspension Provisions

Other Resources

Clicking "Send": Possible Consequences of Judicial E-mails by Keith R. Fisher

Searches of Electronic Devices: Recent Developments and Judges' Ethical Responsibilities by Keith R. Fisher

New ABA Ethics Opinion Explores the Prohibition on Independent Fact Research by Judges by Keith R. Fisher

Trends: Close Up - The Ethics of Search Engines and Judging

So You're Going to be a Judge:  Ethical Issues for New Judges by Cindy Gray, Court Review, Volume 52, issue 2

Ethical Judicial Culture by Cynthia Gray, Court Review, Volume 56, issues 3-4

Relationship Advice by Cynthia Gray, Court Review, Volume 56, issue 2

Helping Judges Look Before They Leap:  Judicial Ethics Advisory Committees by Cynthia Gray, Court Review, Volume 54, issue 4

Appropriate Action by Cynthia Gray, Court Review, Volume 54, issue 2

Links to Other Organizations

State judicial conduct organizations

Judicial ethics advisory committees

American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct

United States Courts Ethics Policies

United States Courts Judicial Conduct & Disability

United Nations Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct

Ability to Pay Hearings: A Primer for Judges

Ex Parte Communications

Marches and Demonstrations: Judges and Courts Staff