CJC 2.9 - Ex Parte CommunicationsComments for CJC 2.9 must be received no later than April 30, 2013.
GR 9 Cover Sheet
Submitted by the Superior Court Judges’ Association
The SCJA operates a Mentor Judge Program for superior court judges elected or appointed to the bench. The program maintains a list of current sitting judges who volunteer to serve as mentors to newly elected/appointed superior court judges. When the committee is notified of a new judge election or appointment, the chairs of the committee review the list of volunteers and assign a mentor judge from another jurisdiction to the new judge. This is intended to serve as a resource to new judges who may contact the mentor judge about any questions they may have related to their profession.
Between October 2011 and January 2013, 24 judges have left the bench. With each retirement we experience loss of quality experience and guidance. Many former judges, who have not returned to the practice of law (as defined in CJC 3.10), could still be excellent mentor judges. The SCJA would like to revise the Mentor Program to utilize the talents of recently retired judges who are willing to serve as mentor judges. In order to accomplish this, we request a comment be added to CJC 2.9 on Ex Parte Communications to clarify exchanges allowable between a sitting judge and a retired mentor judge.
CJC 2.9 provides in part:
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