Judicial Ethics Committee

Jurisdiction

Offer analysis and guidance concerning the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct, and, to the extent that they relate to judicial conduct in Michigan, to provisions of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Code of Judicial Conduct, and other applicable standards of professional conduct, as well as emerging issues of professional conduct affecting judges and judicial candidates by:

  • Drafting informal opinions on judicial ethics published on the State Bar of Michigan website.
  • Drafting proposed formal opinions for consideration by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Making recommendations concerning amendments to the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct and other standards professional conduct, on the committee's own initiative or upon request by the Board of Commissioners or Representative Assembly.
  • Meeting biennially with the Judicial Tenure Commission and the leadership of the Michigan Judicial Institute.
  • Determining how the committee's work might interact with and support work of the Professional Ethics, Lawyers and Judges Assistance, Character and Fitness, and Client Protection Fund committees, including through conferring and coordinating regularly with them on trends, data, insights, and metrics.
  • Being aware of and discuss metrics measuring the effectiveness of national and state efforts to reduce behavior leading to judicial discipline and promote civility.

Note: The Michigan Judges Association, Michigan Probate Judges Association, Michigan District Judges Association, Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates, and the Referees Association of Michigan shall each nominate one member for appointment to the committee.

2018-2019 Committee Members

Rules of the Committee

Resources

Annual Reports

Includes reports from Ethics, Judicial & Professional Committee, Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, and Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics.

2017-2018
2016-2017
2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009
2007-2008
2005-2006
2004-2005
2002-2003

Articles

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