The Judicial Conference on Tuesday adopted revisions to the federal judiciary's code of conduct aimed at broadening and clarifying how judges should handle conflicts of interest and the "appearance of impropriety." The conference also agreed to ask Congress to create 63 new judgeships: 12 appeals court judges and 51 at the district court level. The revised code, which clarifies the impact on judges' personal conduct, as well as their professional conduct, takes effect July 1.
Judicial Conference Adopts New Ethics Code, Seeks New Judgeships
March 18, 2009