JUDGE MAY NOT SOLICIT FUNDS FOR BANQUET

Opinion No. 229 (1998)


QUESTION: May a municipal judge serve as the Director of the County Crime Commission? The position receives a $500 per month salary if the Commission has the funds. In those months that there are no funds the Director is expected to donate his time. The major duty is to organize and collect funds for an annual banquet. The banquet is held to recognize area law enforcement personnel.

ANSWER: No. Canon 4C(2) states that, "A judge shall not solicit funds for any educational, religious, charitable, fraternal or civic organization.. ." Although municipal court judges and justices of the peace are exempted from portions of Canon 4, they are not exempted from 4C(2).