Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mass Sup Ct eases restrictions on judges' ability to explain decisions in public

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced a new judicial conduct rule today that slightly eases restrictions on state court judges' ability to explain their decisions to the public. Although the SJC did not adopt the more liberal rule changes recommended by an ad hoc study committee it appointed in 2008, it nevertheless clarified that judges may issue supplemental memoranda to explain their decisions without violating judicial ethics. Go here for the full story and links to the relevant documents.

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