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In re Amendment of Rules 3.1 and 3.6 of Code of Judicial Conduct

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

April 25, 2018

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF RULES 3.1 AND 3.6 OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

         JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION

          ORDER

          PER CURIAM

         AND NOW, this 25th day of April, 2018, it is Ordered, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, that Rules 3.1 and 3.6 of the Code of Judicial Conduct are amended in the attached form.

         To the extent that notice of proposed rule making would otherwise be required by Pa. R.J.A. No. 103, the immediate promulgation of the amendments is found to be in the interests of justice and efficient administration.

         This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa. R.J.A. No. 103(b), and the amendments herein shall be effective July 1, 2018.

         Rule 3.1. Extrajudicial Activities in General

         Judges shall regulate their extrajudicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with their judicial duties and to comply with all provisions of this Canon. However, a judge shall not:

(A) participate in activities that will interfere with the proper performance of the judge's judicial duties;
(B) participate in activities that will lead to frequent disqualification of the judge;
(C) participate in activities that would reasonably appear to undermine the judge's independence, integrity, or impartiality;
(D) engage in conduct that would reasonably appear to be coercive; or
(E) make use of court premises, staff, stationery, equipment, or other resources, except for incidental use for activities that concern the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice, or unless such additional use is permitted by law.

         Comment

         [1] To the extent that time permits, and judicial independence and impartiality are not compromised, judges are encouraged to engage in appropriate extrajudicial activities. Judges are uniquely qualified to engage in extrajudicial activities that concern the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, such as by speaking, writing, teaching, or participating in scholarly research projects. In addition, judges are permitted and encouraged to engage in educational, religious, ...


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