The 4th edition of the Judicial Conduct Handbook provides California justices and judges with guidance on questions of judicial ethics. The handbook increases public trust and confidence in the judicial system by helping to ensure proper judicial behavior both on and off the bench.
The handbook analyzes canons, rules, and statutes on judicial conduct; court opinions and Commission on Judicial Performance decisions; and advice from judicial ethics committees. The handbook is a collaboration of the Judicial Council, California Judges Association, and California Judges Foundation.
The authors of the handbook are Judge David M. Rothman (Ret.); Justice Richard D. Fybel, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three; Judge Ronni B. MacLaren, Superior Court of Alameda County; and Mark Jacobson, Attorney, Judicial Council of California.
The California Judges Foundation provided funding so that every California judicial officer could receive a copy of the handbook.