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.