The Picture

Ok, there is a reason I added this picture:

To my previous post.

And that is that every court, Except the US Supreme Court has a code of Judicial ethics such as this one:

6-970. Personal bias. A judge may not preside if she is biased against a party or her lawyer for personal reasons. Bias is prohibited generally under NMRA 2-200(B), dealing with impartiality, and specifically by 21-400(A)(1), which requires a judge to recuse if he has personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or the party’s lawyer. Personal bias is also disqualifying under the Article VI, Section 18 of the Constitution because it is a form of “interest.” State v. Armijo, 38 N.M. 73, 80-83, 28 P.2d 511, 514-16.

A judge is disqualified and shall recuse himself or herself in a proceeding in which . . . the judge has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party’s lawyer . . . . NMRA 21-400(A)(1).

The concept of Judicial ethics is pretty clear that a judge must perform judicial duties impartially and fairly. A judge who manifests bias on any basis in a proceeding impairs the fairness of the proceeding and brings the judiciary into disrepute.  Likewise, a Judge who openly manifests what appears to be a bias toward one side of the issue puts the judiciary in disrepute.

“If it looks bad, it is bad. Looks matter in terms of judicial behavior,” said Judge Michael Wolff of the Missouri Supreme Court. “It’s better that we as judges be thinking about it and be forced to confront those issues rather than sweeping them under the rug.”


Posted 03/09/2010 by lacithedog in Judicial Ethics

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