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Judicial Qualifications > Advisory Opinions Advisory Opinions

Following is an index of formal Advisory Opinions issued by the Commission, with links to the text of the opinions. Because every ethical dilemma or question involves particular facts and circumstances, judges and candidates are urged to contact Commission staff to discuss the application or relevance of the advisory opinions to their specific situations and to ensure that the opinion has not been amended by the Commission or affected by changes in the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Canon Synopsis Opinion
1
Judicial pay arrangements
2
Recommendations for employment
2
Appearance in television commercials
2
Sentencing recommendations
2
Membership in groups which practice invidious discrimination
2
Judges testifying as character witnesses
3
Disqualification - appearance of lawyers associate with judge's relative [Conclusion #2 no longer applicable - See Commentary to 1993 Code, Canon 3E(1)]
3
Disqualification - former prosecutor
3
Disqualification - appearance of court employee's relative
3
Disqualification - appearance of cousin
3
Disqualification - appearance of judge's bank
3
Disqualification - appearance of spouse of magistrate, commissioner, or referee
3
Treatment of pro se litigants in uncontested cases
3
Notifying only one party of the judge's decision
3
Nepotism and favoritism in hiring
3
Ex Parte Custody Orders
3
Delays
3
Trial Rule 53.1 and 53.2
3
Disqualification and Litigants' Complaints
4
Ownership of abstract and title business (Citing old Canon 5)
4
Loans from lawyers to cover defense costs (Citing old Canon 5)
4
Fiduciary roles - executor of estate (Citing old Canon 5)
4
Marketing teaching materials (Citing old Canon 5)
4
Reporting income from marriage ceremonies (Citing old Canon 6)
4
Fundraising
4
Appointments to governmental committees or commissions unrelated to the law
5
Political activities of employees (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Employees running for judicial office (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Employees running for office within party (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Membership in Partners in Politics (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Political activities - serving as voter registrar (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Political activities - judge's photograph in candidate's brochure (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Employees serving on Township Advisory Boards (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Membership in political editorial associations (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Political activities - serving on precinct election board (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Political activities - general restrictions (Citing old Canon 7)
5
Political activities - 1993 amendments to former Canon 7
5
Political activities - spouses
5
Political activities of judicial officers
5
Permissible campaign speech
Application Section
Part-time judges - practicing criminal defense law
Application Section
Law practices of part-time judges