228 P.3d 548 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010), 2010-1, In re Judicial Ethics Opinion 2010-1

Docket Nº:2010-1.
Citation:228 P.3d 548, 2010 OK JUD ETH 1
Party Name:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-1.
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman,Milton C. Craig, Secretary, Robert E. Lavender
Case Date:March 04, 2010
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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228 P.3d 548 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010)

2010 OK JUD ETH 1

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-1.

No. 2010-1.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

March 4, 2010

Editorial Note:

The Opinions of the Ethics Advisory Panel are advisory only and can be relied by the Council on Judicial Complaints while recommending discipline of a Judge or a Judicial Candidate and not binding on the Council or Courts in the exercise of their judicial discipline responsibilities.

¶ 1 Question(s): (1) May a sitting judge be involved finding new counsel for clients who he had represented and to whom he had referred to other counsel before taking the bench and which attorney has represented them but is now quitting the practice of law before the cases were concluded?

¶ 2 Question(s): (2) May he pay the court costs to re-file a case of one of the former clients whose case was dismissed through lack of diligence by the attorney that he had recommended?

¶ 3 Facts: The judge took the bench in August of 2008, approximately eighteen months before the successor attorney decided to retire.

¶ 4 Answer: Question (1)-No.

¶ 5 Question (2)-We decline to answer as the question is not covered by the Code of Judicial Conduct.

¶ 6 Discussion: Almost 18 months has elapsed since another...

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