New Code Encourages MA Judges to Engage With the Public

Massachusetts_quarter,_reverse_side,_2000A new code of conduct for Massachusetts judges, adopted by the state Supreme Judicial Court, encourages jurists to engage with the public and offers specific guidelines and limits.

“We don’t want our judges to be forced to isolate themselves so much from the real world that they lose touch with the rest of society,” Lisa Goodheart, an attorney who sat on the committee that drafted the code, told The Boston Globe.  “It’s hard for the public to have confidence in the judiciary and faith in the rule of law unless they have an understanding of it.”

Under the code, judges would not be permitted to address a fund-raiser, but they are permitted to speak at such events as bar association luncheons.