What to Expect

Requesting a Written Opinion:

You may request a written opinion from CJEO if you are members of the judiciary or a candidate for judicial office.  To make a request, use the online CJEO Opinion Request Form available on this website, or contact the CJEO office by phone or email.  All information CJEO receives is strictly confidential.  Your name and identifying information will not be disclosed by the committee at any time, unless you waive confidentiality in writing using CJEO Confidentiality Waiver Forms.  The committee considers all requests and issues opinions on the subjects it votes to address.  It also determines the form of any opinion it issues.  The committee issues public formal opinions, private informal opinions, and private oral advice in limited circumstances.  When the committee decides to issue a written opinion, it assigns the request to a drafting subcommittee.  The committee votes to adopt a subcommittee draft as either a public formal opinion or a private informal opinion.  Drafts adopted as an informal opinion are provided only to the judicial officer or candidate who requested the opinion.  Drafts adopted as a formal opinion are posted for public comment before the committee again votes on the final formal opinion.  Final CJEO formal opinions are provided to the requester, posted on this website and distributed to those who have requested copies of all CJEO opinions.

When you request an opinion, you may expect committee counsel to contact you to provide information about the committee’s decisions regarding your request when that information is available.

 

Suggesting a Topic:

If you are a member of the public, a judicial officer, or an entity representative, you may suggest topics for the committee to address in formal written opinions.  To suggest a topic, contact CJEO for a CJEO Topic Suggestion Form.  All information CJEO receives is strictly confidential.  The names and identifying information of those suggesting topics will not be disclosed by the committee at any time, unless confidentiality is waived in writing using CJEO Confidentiality Waiver Forms.  The committee considers all topic suggestions and issues opinions on the subjects it votes to address.  When the committee decides to issue a written opinion, it assigns the topic suggestion to a drafting subcommittee.  The committee votes on whether to adopt a subcommittee draft.  Adopted drafts are posted for public comment before the committee again votes on the final formal opinion.  Final CJEO formal opinions are posted on this website and distributed to those who have requested copies of all CJEO opinions.

When you suggest a topic, you may expect committee counsel to contact you to provide information about the committee’s decisions regarding your topic suggestion when that information is available.

 

Requesting Oral Advice:

You may request oral advice from CJEO on an ethics issue if you are a member of the judiciary or a candidate for judicial office.  To request oral advice, you may call or email the CJEO office or you may contact a CJEO member.  All information CJEO receives is strictly confidential.  Your name and identifying information will not be disclosed by the committee at any time, unless you waive confidentiality in writing using CJEO Confidentiality Waiver Forms.  All requests for oral advice are referred to the California Judges Association’s judicial ethics hotline, except in limited circumstances.  In those circumstances, a CJEO subcommittee will determine whether to provide oral advice and what advice to provide.  The oral advice subcommittee may consult with the committee in making those decisions.

When you request oral advice, you may expect the committee member you contact or committee counsel to refer you to the CJA hotline and to provide information about the limited circumstances in which CJEO will provide oral advice.  In those circumstances, you may expect a committee member to provide information about the committee’s decisions regarding your request for oral advice when that information is available.