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RULE 18-101.2. PROMOTING CONFIDENCE IN THE JUDICIARY (ABA RULE 1.2)

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 18. Judges and Judicial Appointees
Chapter 100. Maryland Code of Judicial Conduct
Rules Governing Judicial Integrity and the Avoidance of Impropriety [Rules 18-101.1 to 18-101.3]
MD Rules Judges, Rule 18-101.2
RULE 18-101.2. PROMOTING CONFIDENCE IN THE JUDICIARY (ABA RULE 1.2)
(a) Promoting Public Confidence. A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.
(b) Avoiding Perception of Impropriety. A judge shall avoid conduct that would create in reasonable minds a perception of impropriety.
COMMENT
[1] Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by improper conduct and conduct that creates the appearance of impropriety. This principle applies to both the professional and personal conduct of a judge.
[2] A judge should expect to be the subject of public scrutiny that might be viewed as burdensome if applied to other individuals and must accept the restrictions imposed by this Code.
[3] Conduct that compromises or appears to compromise the independence, integrity, and impartiality of a judge undermines public confidence in the judiciary. Because it is not practicable to list all such conduct, the Rule is necessarily cast in general terms.
[4] Judges should participate in activities that promote ethical conduct among judges and attorneys, support professionalism within the judiciary and the legal profession, and promote access to justice for all.
[5] Actual improprieties include violations of law, Court Rules, and this Code. The test for appearance of impropriety is whether the conduct would create in reasonable minds a perception that the judge's ability to carry out judicial responsibilities with competence, impartiality, and integrity is impaired.
[6] A judge should initiate and participate in community outreach activities for the purpose of promoting public understanding of and confidence in the administration of justice. In conducting such activities, the judge must act in a manner consistent with this Code.
Source: This Rule is derived from former Rule 1.2 of Rule 16-813 (2016).

Credits

[Adopted June 6, 2016, eff. July 1, 2016.]
MD Judges, Rule 18-101.2, MD R JUDGES Rule 18-101.2
Current with amendments received through December 1, 2023. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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