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NCJ Number: 65438 Find in a Library
Title: REPORT ON JUDICIAL ETHICS
Journal: ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE  Volume:363  Dated:(JANUARY 1966)  Pages:36-43
Author(s): G THORON
Corporate Author: American Academy of Political and Social Science
United States of America
Date Published: 1966
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: American Academy of Political and Social Science
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: WHILE THE ETHICS OF THE AMERICAN JUDICIARY VARY WIDELY, THE VAST MAJORITY OF JUDGES HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF INTEGRITY AND EXACTLY ETHICAL STANDARDS.
Abstract: COMPLAINTS DIRECTED AT THE JUDICIARY ARE FAR MORE FREQUENTLY AIMED AT THE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND JUDGEMENT OF JUDGES THAN AT THEIR ETHICS AND HONESTY. IN SPITE OF THE CANONS OF JUDICIAL ETHICS ENACTED IN 1924 BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, CORRUPTION, DISHONESTY, AND SUSPEPTIBILITY TO POLITICAL PRESSURE JUDICIAL PROFESSION. (AMONG OTHER ETHICAL LAPSES) HAVE OCCURRED WITHIN THE THE ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE JUDICIARY ALSO EXTEND BEYOND THE BASIC ESSENTIALS OF HONESTY, IMPARTIALLY, AND FAIRNESS. JUDGES MUST NOT ONLY AVOID EVIL OR WRONGDOING, BUT ALSO MUST AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF SUSPICION OF IMPROPRIETY, BOTH ON THE BENCH AND IN PRIVATE LIFE. SELECTED ETHICAL PROBLEMS ARE IDENTIFIED INCLUDING JUDICIAL DISQUALIFICATION, POLITICAL INDISCRETION, AND FINANCIAL SPECULATION. WHILE THE JUDICIARY HAS GENERALLY MET ITS ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS, ITS ETHICAL PERFORMANCE CAN BE IMPROVED. THE BEST ASSURANCE FOR HIGH ETHICAL PERFORMANCE COMES FROM INSISTENCE UPON OUTSTANDING INTEGRITY FROM THOSE SELECTED FOR JUDICIAL OFFICE. FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED-MJW)
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Judge censure and removal; Judges; Judicial conduct and ethics; Professional conduct and ethics; Professional misconduct
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