All communications to and from CJEO are confidential.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(h); CJEO rule 5.)    CJEO members and staff will not disclose outside of the committee any confidential information, including identifying information, obtained by CJEO concerning an individual whose opinion request or conduct is the subject of any communication with CJEO.  In addition, CJEO staff will not identify those requesting opinions or advice to committee members during deliberations.  (CJEO rule 5(d).)

Judicial officers or candidates for judicial office making a request for a CJEO opinion or advice may waive confidentiality by completing and submitting this form or by asserting reliance on a CJEO opinion or advice in judicial or attorney discipline proceedings.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(h)(3); CJEO rule 5.)

By completing and submitting this form, you agree that CJEO may disclose that you have requested a CJEO opinion or advice internally during CJEO deliberations or externally when you have asserted reliance on a CJEO opinion or advice in judicial or attorney discipline proceedings.  Notwithstanding your waiver, CJEO will not identify you by name in its opinions or summaries and all CJEO deliberations and records will remain confidential.




I, *, am a judicial officer or candidate for judicial office and have requested an opinion or advice on judicial ethics from the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinion. I understand that pursuant to rule 9.80(h) of the California Rules of Court and rule 5 of the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Internal Operating Rules and Procedures, the name and identifying characteristics of a judicial officer or candidate for judicial office who requests, or whose conduct is the subject of a request, for advice or an opinion must be held in strict confidence by the committee and must not be disclosed in the opinions and advice it provides. I further understand that pursuant to rule 5(d) of the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Internal Operating Rules and Procedures, the name and identifying characteristics of a judicial officer or candidate for judicial office who requests, or whose conduct is the subject of a request, for advice or an opinion must be held in strict confidence by committee staff and must not be disclosed within the committee during deliberations concerning the request. I waive my rights to confidentiality and agree that my name may be disclosed to committee members during deliberations on my request, and that any opinion or advice from the committee based on my request is no longer confidential under these rules. Notwithstanding my waiver, I understand that the committee’s deliberations and records remain confidential.