The Judicial Ethics Committee may express its opinion on proper judicial conduct with respect to the provisions of the Nebraska Code of Judicial Conduct, either on its own initiative, at the request of a judge or candidate for judicial office, or at the request of a court or the Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications.
The Committee also has the authority to make recommendations to the Nebraska Supreme Court for amendment of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
All opinions are filed with the State Court Administrator. The State Court Administrator has an edited version of each opinion to be prepared and distributed. Opinions from 1989 to present are available at this site. Point and click on any year in the table below to view a comprehensive list of ethics opinions for that particular year. Please note that the Nebraska Code of Judicial Conduct was revised on September 1, 1992, and January 1, 2011. Opinions before the revisions have not necessarily been revised to fit the current Code.
The Judicial Ethics Committee consists of seven members appointed by the Nebraska Supreme Court. Two of the members are from each of the county and district courts and one from the Court of Appeals. The remaining members are from any affected courts, but not from the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court designates one of the members as chair and one member as vice chair who serves in the event of disqualification or unavailability of the chair. Terms are staggered and individuals may be reappointed after a lapse of 1 year.
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For opinions prior to 1994, please call
the Administrative Office of the Courts (402-471-3730).