Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct Committee

As a public service, the Tennessee Bar Association works to help assure that judicial elections are conducted in a manner that will maintain confidence in our judiciary.

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Judicial Candidates Sign Campaign Code for August Election

Nearly one-third of all Tennessee judicial candidates facing voters in August have already signed the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct. Candidates can still sign the code, a copy of which is available through the Tennessee Judicial Election Information Center. The code was first enacted by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2006 as a means to help preserve public faith in the integrity of the justice system. It has been signed by several hundred judicial candidates in elections since then.

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Supreme Court Amends the Code of Judicial Conduct

Responding to suggestions from the TBA and a committee of judges , the Tennessee Supreme Court today amended the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges and judicial candidates’ election campaign conduct. Among other changes, the rules now make it more clear that judges and judicial candidates are permitted to endorse other judges; explicitly allow judges to seek, accept or use endorsements from any person or organization; permit judges to speak on behalf of his or her candidacy through any medium, including but not limited to advertisements, websites, or other campaign literature; and, clarify the prohibition on judges simultaneously seeking judicial and non juridical office. The TBA made recommendations for four changes based upon the experience with the new rules during the 2014 election. As urged by the TBA, the Court did not change the standard for disqualification based on campaign contributions or support, and it turned back changes to the treatment of affiliation with organizations that practice invidious discrimination. Read the order here

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