Calif. Judges Get OK To Ask Attys To Advocate For Courts

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A judicial ethics panel in California, a state reeling from court budget cuts and closures, has advised judges that they are ethically allowed to meet with lawyers to ask for their help in advocating for the floundering court system.

In its first formally adopted opinion since becoming active in 2011, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions acknowledged ethical concerns with judges asking lawyers for such help.

But in a unanimous adoption, the committee opinion said that because "of the complexity of the budget process,...
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