434 P.3d 18 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2018), 2018-9, Judicial Ethics Opinion 2018-9

Docket Nº:2018-9
Citation:434 P.3d 18, 2018 OK JUD ETH 9
Party Name:JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2018-9
Judge Panel:Honorable Edward C. Cunningham, Chairman, Honorable William C. Hetherington, Honorable Thomas Landrith, Honorable Allen McCall, Honorable April Sellers White
Case Date:November 21, 2018
Court:Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel
 
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434 P.3d 18 (Okla.Jud.Eth. 2018)

2018 OK JUD ETH 9

JUDICIAL ETHICS OPINION 2018-9

No. 2018-9

Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel

November 21, 2018

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.

OPINION

[ ¶1] FACTS

Associate District Judge-Elect will begin his term January 14, 2019. He is currently and has been for several years, a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of a Sovereign Tribal Nation. The Tribal Housing Authority was created by Oklahoma Statute and is exclusively federally funded. The Board is made up of five members with general oversight responsibilities. Judge-elect time requirements are minimal and he receives a per diem and expense check each month. He has enjoyed his service on the Trial Board and would like to continue after his judicial term begins.

[ ¶2] QUESTION

Will the Associate District Judge-Elect continued participation on the Tribal Housing Board cause ethical concern?

[ ¶3] ANSWER

Yes

[ ¶4] DISCUSSION

Canon 3 Rule 3.4 states as follows:

"a judge...

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