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.
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.
Most Requested CJE Resources
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
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