Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On judges seeking guidance

Note the article by Benjamin Reiser titled:

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Faced With Legal Puzzles, Judges Often Turn to Fellow Jurists

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which includes

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The judges interviewed said they would not seek guidance from an outside source, like a law professor or a jurist on another court. However, a legal ethics professor said making such calls to a judge on the same court about a question of law, for example, is permitted by the judicial conduct rules.

β€œWhat the inquiring judge, in my experience, does not do,” said Judge Charles S. Haight Jr., a member of the federal bench for almost 40 years in Manhattan and New Haven, β€œis to abdicate his or her responsibility as the judge of that case. He or she is the decider.”

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