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Proposed Changes to Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges and Judicial Conduct and Disability Rules

Submit comments on proposed changes to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges and the Judicial Conduct and Disability Rules by November 13, 2018.

On September 13, 2018, the Judicial Conference committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability released for public comment proposed changes to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges (Code) (pdf) and the Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings (JC&D Rules) (pdf). These proposed changes respond to recommendations provided in the June 1, 2018 Report of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group (pdf).

These proposed changes are tracked within the text of the documents. In the JC&D Rules, changed text within moved sections is highlighted in yellow. In the Code, all changes are highlighted in yellow. 

Submit Public Comments

The committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability will accept comments submitted by email until November 13, 2018.

An individual (including an individual representing a group or organization) may submit comments on proposed changes to the Code and the JC&D Rules by emailing CodeandConductRules@ao.uscourts.gov by November 13, 2018. Please include at the top of the email the name of the individual submitting comments, whether the individual is commenting on behalf of any entity, and which document(s) the individual is commenting on (Code, JC&D Rules, or both).

The committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability will consider all submissions related to the proposed changes to the Code and the JC&D Rules that are received by November 13, 2018, although no response will be provided. All such comments will be posted on this website. No complaints or communication regarding any other topic will be accepted.

Testify at the Public Hearing

The committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes. Details regarding the hearing will be provided later.