239 P.3d 492 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010), 2010-6, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2010-6

Docket Nº:2010-6.
Citation:239 P.3d 492, 2010 OK JUD ETH 6
Party Name:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-6.
Judge Panel:Robert L. Bailey, Chairman, Milton C. Craig, Secretary, Robert E. Lavender
Case Date:September 03, 2010
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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239 P.3d 492 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2010)

2010 OK JUD ETH 6

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2010-6.

No. 2010-6.

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel.

September 3, 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.

JUDICIAL ETHICS ADVISORY PANEL

¶ 1 Questions: May a judge serve as a director of an Oklahoma Rural Water District Board with the approval of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

¶ 2 Facts: 1. Members serve without compensation.

2. Training is required per Oklahoma law and members may be reimbursed for travel and expenses.

3. The district does engage in commerce but does not compete with any other water/utility companies.

¶ 3 Discussion: 1. Canon 4(C)(2) of the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct provides " A Judge should not accept appointment to a governmental committee or commission or other governmental position concerned with issues of fact or policy or matters other than the improvement of the law, the legal system or the administration of justice unless with the specific approval of the Supreme Court ..." Clearly this board is not engaged in the activities permitted without the consent of the Supreme Court.

2. If authorized by the Supreme Court, nothing in the Canons of Judicial Conduct would preclude reimbursement to the member for travel and...

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