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Committees - Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Rules of Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

Opinions of Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

The Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics was created by the Supreme Court on May 25, 2001.  The rule creating the committee, Supreme Court Rule 38-A states, "The purpose of the committee is to provide guidance to judges about compliance with rules of court and statutes relating to the ethical and professional conduct of judges."

Procedures


Any person whose conduct is subject to the Code of Judicial Conduct may ask the committee for an advisory opinion about the propriety of his or her proposed conduct.  An opinion of the committee is advisory only; however, the Judicial Conduct Committee and the Supreme Court may consider compliance with an advisory opinion to be evidence of a good faith effort to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Requests for advisory opinions and other inquiries of the committee can be sent to:

Secretary, Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics  
New Hampshire Supreme Court
Frank Rowe Kenison Supreme Court Building
One Charles Doe Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Members

The committee consists of five members, at least three of whom must be a judge or retired judge. Members of the Supreme Court may not serve on the committee.

The current members of the committee and the expiration of their terms are:

  • Superior Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy, Chair, Sept. 1, 2004

  • Probate Court Judge James R. Patten, Vice-Chair, Sept. 1, 2003

  • District Court Judge Edwin W. Kelly, Sept. 1, 2004

  • Professor Reed E. Loder, Esquire, Sept. 1, 2005

  • Frederic K. Upton, Esquire, Sept. 1, 2003

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