Code of Judicial Conduct for Administrative Law Judges
CANON 1 - An Administrative Law Judge Shall Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Administrative Judiciary.
An independent and honorable administrative judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. An administrative law judge shall participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing high standards of conduct, and shall personally observe those standards so that the integrity and independence of the administrative judiciary will be preserved.
COMMENTARY - Canon 1.
Deference to the judgments and rulings of administrative agencies depends upon public confidence in the integrity and independence of judges. The integrity and independence of judges depends in turn upon their acting without fear or favor. Although judges should be independent, they must comply with the law, including the provisions of this code. Public confidence in the impartiality of the administrative judiciary is maintained by the adherence of each judge to this responsibility. Conversely, a violation of this code diminishes public confidence in the administrative judiciary and thereby does injury to the system of government under law.
Index to Code
Compliance with Code of Judicial Conduct
Canon 1 - An Administrative Law Judge Shall Uphold the Integrity
and Independence of the Administrative Judiciary
Canon 2 - An Administrative
Law Judge Shall Avoid Impropriety
and the Appearance of Impropriety in All Activities
Canon 3 - An Administrative
Law Judge Shall Perform the Duties
of the Office Impartially and Diligently
Canon 4 - An Administrative
Law Judge May Engage in Activities to Improve the Law, the Legal System, and the Administration of Justice
Canon 5 - An Administrative
Law Judge Should Regulate Extra-Judicial Activities to Minimize the Risk of Conflict with Judicial
Canon 6 - An Administrative
Law Judge Shall Limit Compensation
Received for Certain Activities
Canon 7 - An Administrative
Law Judge Shall Refrain from
Political Activity Inappropriate to the Judicial Office
OAH Statutory References
Timothy J. Dawson, Director
Office of Administrative Hearings
2911 N 14th St - Ste 303
Bismarck, ND 58503
Tel: (701) 328-3200
Fax: (701) 328-3254