State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 93-09
May a part-time judicial officer publicly support a candidate for county prosecutor? May the part-time judicial officer do so as a judicial officer, as an attorney or as a private citizen?
CJC Canon 7(A)(1)(b) prohibits a judicial officer from publicly endorsing a nonjudicial candidate for public office. Preamble (A) to the Code of Judicial Conduct defines part-time judicial officers and also sets out the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct which part-time judicial officers are not required to observe. CJC Canon 7 is not among the exempted provisions for part-time judicial officers. Therefore, part-time judicial officers may not publicly endorse a candidate for prosecuting attorney as a judicial officer, as an attorney or a private citizen.
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