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What is Judicial Misconduct?

Submitted by SamuelSeide on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:06pm

Judges are required the follow rules of conduct and laws established to ensure that the judicial powers of this state are administered effectively and fairly. Those requirements of conduct are primarily found in the Oklahoma Constitution, the Oklahoma Statutes, the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct, Opinions of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel, Court Rules and Court Opinions which have interpreted any of these authorities. A violation of any of these authorities could constitute misconduct. Decisions that are within the authority of the Judge and are subject to appeal are generally not misconduct, even though they may seem to fly in the face of the evidence, be a misapplication of the law, or be based on perjured testimony. Appeal, if available, may be the only remedy for such decisions.