EthicsforJudges - Copy

EthicsforJudges - Copy - Public Information Office Ethics...

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Public Information Office Ethics for Judges Are judges punished for improper conduct? Every judge at every level of the Pennsylvania court system is governed by a set of ethical rules. For Common Pleas Court judges and members of the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts, these rules are embodied in the Code of Judicial Conduct. A similar code, the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges, applies to lower court jurists, the magisterial district judges. Under both these sets of rules, judges are expected to act at all times in a manner that fosters public confidence in the integrity and independence of the judiciary. Judges must avoid all forms of improper behavior or even the appearance of impropriety. They must carry out their duties impartially and diligently. They must refrain from inappropriate political activity. And they must avoid conflicts of interest. The Pennsylvania Constitution provides a two-tiered structure for the
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