CJEO provides informal written advisory opinions that address judicial ethics inquiries from judicial officers and candidates for judicial office.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(j)(3); CJEO rule 7(e).)  CJEO summarizes the informal opinions it provides and publishes the summaries for the benefit of the bench and the public.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(k)(3); CJEO rule 8(b).)  The names and identifying information of those requesting an informal opinion or whose conduct is the subject of an informal opinion are not disclosed in the summaries. The committee has discretion to publish opinions and summaries on any subject it deems appropriate and to determine the form of any opinion or advice it provides.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(i)(1) & (j)(1).)

CJEO Informal Opinion Summaries are posted below and distributed to those interested in receiving notification when the committee approves a summary for publication.

CJEO Informal Opinion Summary 2018-005 – Disqualification for Spouse’s Political Campaign Services
CJEO Informal Opinion Summary 2014-004 – Judicial Appearance In An Educational Documentary
CJEO Informal Opinion Summary 2012-003 – Disqualification And Disclosure University Representation Of A Party In A Matter Before A Justice Employed By The University
CJEO Informal Opinion Summary 2012-002 – Assignment And Disqualification Of A Judge When Counsel For A Party Is The Landlord Of The Law Firm That Employs The Judges Spouse
CJEO Informal Opinion Summary 2012-001 – Employment Of An Appellate Court Justices Spouse As A Staff Attorney In That Justices Chambers