Proposed judicial conduct rules released for comment

Proposed new judicial conduct rules with accompanying changes in procedural rules and statutes were approved for release by the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors on Saturday. The proposal -- the first comprehensive review of the Rules of Judicial Conduct and related provisions since 1990 -- was developed by the Task Force on Judicial Conduct Rules, chaired by Max Bahner with Sarah Sheppeard as reporter. The proposal will be circulated to the bench and bar later this week, and will be shared with special committees of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and Tennessee Trial Judges Association at their upcoming meeting in Murfreesboro.

Deadline for comments is July 31. The task force will then review the comments and make final recommendations to the TBA House and Board before reporting back to the board at its fall meeting in October. It is hoped that the proposal can then be forwarded to the Tennessee Supreme Court before the end of the year. It is expected that the court will then establish its own review and comment process before considering the final adoption of the rules.

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