State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 90-16
May a judicial officer chair a committee, established by the mayor, which is to make recommendations to the city council on the adoption of a code of ethics and the establishment of an ethics board?
CJC Canon 5(G) states that a judge should not accept appointment to a governmental committee that is concerned with issues of fact or policy other than the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice. Thus, a judicial officer may not chair an ethics committee established by the mayor.
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