FORMER JUDGE AS AN ARBITRATOR
Opinion No. 124 (1988)*
QUESTION: Would a former district judge, who has consented to be
subject to assignment, violate the code of judicial conduct by acting as an arbitrator or
ANSWER: Canon 5E of the Code of Judicial Conduct Act states "A judge should not act as an arbitrator or mediator." However, a former district judge who has complied with the Court Administration Act, Art. 74.054(3) is placed by Canon 8G of the code in the same category as a senior judge. Canon 8G(1) states, "[A former district judge]... is not required to comply with Canon 5E," but Canon 8G(2) qualifies this exception by stating "[A former district judge]... should refrain from judicial service during the period of extra-judicial appointment permitted by Canon 5G."
The committee is of the opinion that a former district judge who has qualified under
Art. 74.054(3) may act as an arbitrator or mediator provided the judge refrains from
performing judicial service during the period of an extra-judicial appointment.
*Canon 5E was amended effective December 19, 1989.