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Ex Parte Communication

Ex Parte Communication

Cannon 3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct entitled Performing the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently states that a judge shall accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or the person's lawyer, the right to be heard according to law and that a judge shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications made to the judge outside the presence of the parties between the judge and a party, an attorney, a guardian or attorney ad litem, an alternate dispute resolution neutral, or any other court appointee concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. Further, a judge shall require compliance by court personnel subject to the judge's direction and control. If you are in doubt whether a question is ex parte, ask us, and we'll tell you whether or not we can answer it.

Examples of Ex Parte Communication include: