DESIGNATION OF SAFETY DRIVING COURSE

Opinion No. 118 (1988)


QUESTION: Where a defendant elects to take a safety driving course in lieu of other penalty, may the judge designate a specific agency and course that the defendant attend?

ANSWER: Assuming that there is more than one agency offering a safety driving course, the committee is of the opinion that the judge may not designate a specific agency because Canon 2B prohibits a judge from lending the prestige of his or her office to advance the private interests of others.