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Topics: Misconduct Off the Bench

Opinion 2

Summary: A judge may not be an active objector to a public utility's request to the Georgia Public Service Commission for an increase in its rates, and may not actively participate in the hearing before the Commission. Issued: September 26, 1975

Opinion 15

Summary: A judge may accept travel expense benefits to attend continuing judicial education programs at Judicial College of Georgia contributed by charitable foundations and the like, as well as by lawyers solicited by State Bar under system where contributing lawyers' names not disclosed; but judg...

Opinion 17

Summary: A judge should not assume chairmanship of church fund raising drive; nor should a judge serve as member of development council the function of which would be to raise funds to provide private financial support needed by the University of Georgia School of Law. Issued: October 27, 1...

Opinion 32

Summary: Subject to considerations of impartiality, business involvements, and judicial duty, the ownership by a judge of a corporation for the restoration and resale of antique automobiles would not in and of itself constitute improper conduct. The ownership and operation by a judge of a priv...

Opinion 64

Summary: A judge may write a letter to the Clerk of the Supreme Court approving the petition for reinstatement of a disbarred attorney of the local Bar, in view of the fact that, under Georgia Bar Rule 4-301, the judge is one of the constituency whose approval is mandated by the Rule, and the recom...

Opinion 126

Summary: There is no legal or ethical problem with the appointment of an attorney who holds and retains a state bar office, such as president or secretary, to a judicial position, such as State or Superior Court Judge. Issued: August 31, 1988

Opinion 150

Summary: It is inappropriate for a judge to serve as a reporter/commentator for a commercial TV station to provide news and comment with reference to ongoing legal cases in the courts. Issued: November 30, 1990

Opinion 160

Summary: It would be permissible for a Chief Magistrate to serve as manager of an historic hotel building which has been renovated for use for elderly housing, but in the event of any proceedings in the judge's court involving the hotel building, the Chief Magistrate would be required to disqualify...

Opinion 164

Summary: Judges may neither solicit funds nor permit the use of their names or the prestige of office for this purpose regardless of the objectives to be achieved. Accordingly, it is inappropriate for the Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia, individually or collectively, to either announce the existen...

Opinion 46

Summary: It would be improper for a Judge of the Superior Court to participate as a judge in a mock trial of a medical malpractice action held as a part of a seminar conducted by a county medical society. It would be improper for a judge to request that an honorarium be paid to a charity or ot...

Opinion 243

Summary: Pursuant to Rule 28(B)(l) of the Rules of the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), the Director of the JQC has requested that the Hearing Panel of the JQC issue an opinion on the recurring concern of whether a judge's spouse or partner may use the couple's shared residence for politic...
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