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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pursuant to Part II, Article 73 - of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire has adopted a substantive amendment to Supreme Court Rule 38, Code of Judicial Conduct.

On January 19, 2011 the Supreme Court issued an Order repealing Supreme Court Rule 38, Code of Judicial Conduct and adopting in its place "new" Supreme Court Rule 38 as set forth below effective April 1, 2011.

Repealed Supreme Court Rule 38

"New" Supreme Court Rule 38

For alleged violations of the Code occurring PRIOR to April 1, 2011 the repealed Supreme Court Rule 38 applies and can be found here.

For alleged violations of the Code occurring ON OR AFTER to April 1, 2011 the "new" Supreme Court Rule 38 applies and can be found here.

In 1973, New Hampshire was among the first states to adopt a code of judicial conduct that had been approved just a few months earlier by the American Bar Association. With that action, New Hampshire formally recognized that supervision over the conduct of judges is essential to sustain public confidence in the justice system. Since 1977, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has overseen the disciplinary process for judges through the Judicial Conduct Committee.

The committee operates independently of the Supreme Court. To reach the JCC, contact:

Robert T. Mittelholzer, Esquire, Executive Secretary
Committee on Judicial Conduct
132 Chapel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 427-9295
Fax: (603) 427-9297
rmittelholzer@nhjcc.com

THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in 2001 approved a modernized revision of the Code of Judicial Conduct that sets out detailed ethical standards and provides specific guidance to judges for maintaining those standards in their personal and professional life. Supreme Court Rule 38: Code of Judicial Conduct.

The updated code is largely based on the American Bar Association's 1990 "Model Code of Judicial Conduct" which is the standard used by many court systems around the country. In developing the revised code, the justices also considered New Hampshire's existing code of judicial conduct and recommendations made in January by the Supreme Court's "Task Force for the Renewal of Judicial Conduct Procedures."