The Supreme Court established the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions to provide judicial ethics advisory opinions and advice to judicial officers and candidates for judicial office. The court created the committee in furtherance of its responsibilities under Article VI, section 18(m) of the California Constitution to adopt the Code of Judicial Ethics and govern the conduct of judges and judicial candidates. The committee was established to encourage judges and candidates to seek ethics advice, and, through written opinions, to provide them with guidance for complying with the Code’s canons. The court’s establishment of CJEO followed the practices of the vast majority of other state court systems.