JUDGE IN ABSTRACT BUSINESS

Opinion No. 23 (1977)


QUESTION: May a district judge become a part owner (with no more than three co-owners, one of which is a local attorney) of a title insurance business?

ANSWER: The Committee is of the opinion that such ownership and participation in a title insurance business would be in violation of Canon 5C(1):

"A judge should refrain from financial and business dealings that tend to reflect adversely on his [or her] impartiality, interfere with the proper performance of [the] judicial duties, exploit his [or her] judicial position, or involve [the judge] in frequent transactions with lawyers or persons likely to come before the court on which he [or she] serves."

This opinion is confined to the specific facts set forth herein.