Center for Judicial Ethics

Ability to Pay Hearings: A Primer for Judges

Ex Parte Communications

Marches and Demonstrations: Judges and Courts Staff

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 and tracks opinions issued by ethics advisory committees.  Each year, the CJE responds to hundreds of requests for information from reporters, judges, lawyers, and others.  The CJE publishes the Judicial Conduct Reporter and other resources on judicial ethics.  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. The CJE became part of the NCSC in 2014, following the dissolution of the American Judicature Society.

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 November 2020

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

So You're Going to be a Judge:  Ethical Issues for New Judges (2016)

Table of judicial ethics advisory committees

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

Federal judicial conduct

American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct

Judicial Ethics Forum
An academic discussion of judicial ethics, discipline,
and disqualification

Judicial Disqualification Resource Center

Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct

Ability to Pay Hearings: A Primer for Judges

Ex Parte Communications

Marches and Demonstrations: Judges and Courts Staff