RULE CANON 7 - Part 1 Appendix (CJC): CANON 7

RULE CANON 7 - Part 1 Appendix (CJC): CANON 7

A judge shall refrain from political activity

RULE 7 Political Activity

(A) A judge shall not engage in any political activity, including but not limited to:

(1) holding membership or office in a political organization;

(2) making speeches for a political organization or candidate, or publicly endorsing a candidate for public office;

(3) attending political functions that are likely to be considered as political in nature;

(4) soliciting funds, paying an assessment, or making a contribution to a political organization or candidate, or purchasing tickets for political party dinners or other functions;

(B) A judge shall resign from office when the judge becomes a candidate for an elective public office or is nominated thereto.

(C) A part-time municipal court judge shall not affiliate with a law firm as a partner, director, of counsel, associate, or some other comparable status if the law firm, or any lawyer of the firm on the law firm’s behalf, makes political contributions such as those included in Subsection 7A(4). It shall be the responsibility of a part-time municipal judge to take reasonable measures to ensure that a law firm with which the judge is affiliated does not make political contributions. Lawyers within the firm with whom the part-time municipal judge is affiliated, may nonetheless make personal political contributions.

The proscription against membership in a political organization does not prohibit a judge from registering with a political party to vote.