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19-Judge Conflicts


Judges may participate in social networking sites, but must be cautious to avoid violating judicial ethics provisions, including those prohibiting, among other things: impropriety and the appearance of impropriety; ex parte communications with litigants; certain election activity; public or certain private statements about pending cases or public policy issues.

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