News Release

Supreme Court Appoints New Member to Ethics Committee

Los Angeles County Judge Michelle Williams Court will join the committee starting April 1.
Mar 30, 2023

The California Supreme Court has appointed a new member to the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, an independent committee that helps advise judges and inform the public on judicial ethics issues.

Los Angeles County Judge Michelle Williams Court will join the committee starting April 1. She replaces San Diego County Judge Kenneth So, who recently retired from the bench.

Judge Court has been a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge since 2012 and is supervising judge of its civil division. Prior to joining the court, Judge Court was vice president and general counsel at Bet Tzedek from 2002 to 2011. Judge Court received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

About the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO)
The Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions is a 12-member advisory committee that includes appellate justices, trial court judges, retired judges, and a commissioner. The committee is appointed and authorized by the California Supreme Court, but its work is independent of the court, the Judicial Council, and all other entities. Its opinions are advisory and do not necessarily reflect the views of the California Supreme Court or any other entity. 

The committee issues formal, informal, and expedited advisory opinions on proper judicial conduct pursuant to the California Code of Judicial Ethics and other authorities. CJEO recently updated its website where it posts its advisory opinions, offers resources dedicated to specific judicial assignments and issues, and provides extensive judicial ethics tools and resource materials for the benefit of the bench and the public.