State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 91-07
Should a District Court judge who was formerly with the city prosecutor's office and who discloses this past association with the city prosecutor's office pursuant to Opinion 90-14, also refrain from hearing that city's cases for six months after taking office?
CJC Canon 3(C)(1)(b) requires recusal in those cases on which the judicial officer participated or gained knowledge about while working as the city prosecutor in the absence of other circumstances which might cause the judicial officer's impartiality reasonably to be questioned. A judicial officer, who is a former city prosecutor, is not required to refrain from hearing all that city's cases for a specified period of time. There may be circumstances, however, where the judicial officer should not sit on a proceeding involving the city if the judicial officer's impartiality reasonably might be questioned.
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