Amendments to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct were adopted in 2007. Opinions issued under prior versions of the code should not be relied upon.
Descriptions of the opinions below are generalized and are not intended to supersede the text of the actual opinion.
2007-01 – May a judge participate on an interview board hiring a chief of police?
2007-02 – Questions about when a judge may send letters of recommendation
2007-03 – May a judge complete the Board of Law Examiner’s Certificate of Moral
Character for bar applicants?
2007-04 – Fact-specific question about an international teaching position offered to
2009-01 – May a judge serve as the manager of an LLC or PLLC?
2009-02– Questions about disqualification when a new judge had formerly served
as an ADA
2009-03 – May a judge utilize a listserv to obtain advice on the law applicable to a
2009-04 – Should a judge preside over matters where an attorney employees the
2009-05 – Must a sitting judge resign before becoming a candidate for the office of
clerk of superior court?
2009-06 – May a judge hold membership in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black
2009-07 – Fact-specific question about disqualification based on a judge’s prior
defense of the defendant
2009-08 – May an emergency/recalled judge accept a portrait following their
retirement as an active judge?
2010-01 – May a judge enter an ex parte order for an attorney to be admitted to
practice pro hac vice?
2010-02 – May a judge purchase advertising in a banquet brochure displaying the
judge’s business card and a congratulatory remark?
2010-03 – Questions about a judge providing consultation on a grant request and
publishing a book
2010-04 – May an emergency/recalled judge accept compensated appointment as a
2010-05 – Should a judge preside over criminal cases when a family member is employed as an ADA?
2010-06 – May a judge serve on the board of trustees for a not-for-profit hospital?
– May a judge sponsor or consent to being listed as a sponsor on a fundraising event?
2010-08 – Questions about ex parte orders under HIPPA
2011-01– May an emergency/recalled judge accept appointment to municipal
airport authority board?
2011-02 – Fact-specific question about disqualification based on an attorney’s prior
legal representation of the judge
2011-03 – May a judge serve as a mentor in an organized mentor program for
2013-01 – May a judge solicit members of the judge’s church to serve on a steering committee overseeing a Habitat for Humanity project?
2013-02 – Questions about the limitations on a judge’s ability to participate in civic and charitable fundraising activities.
2014-01 – May a judge maintain membership in voluntary bar associations?
2014-02 – Should a judge preside over matters where a party has complained
to the Judicial Standards Commission?
2014-03 – Questions about a judge’s obligations concerning federal I-918B forms.
2015-01What are the ethical obligations of a judge adopting or fostering a child through a local Department of Social Services?
2015-02 – New! May a judge require that a criminal defendant proceed without the assistance of all counsel based upon a waiver of appointed counsel only?
2015-03 – New! Questions about potential conflicts of interest created by family members working in the legal profession.