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July 02, 2021

Supreme Court of Virginia Seeks Public Comment on Amendments to Canons of Judicial Conduct

On July 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of Virginia requested public comment on the results of its four-year study to amend the Canons of Judicial Conduct. According to the Court, the revised Canons do not “…adopt the 2007 ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct or retain the structure of the current Canons.”

The revised Canons are now organized into three new canons:

  1. A judge must be impartial.
  2. A judge must uphold the public trust.
  3. A judge must promote efficient and effective delivery of justice.

Comments on the proposed amendments to the Rules of Court, Part Six, Section III, Canons of Judicial Conduct, must be received by September 29, 2021.

The Court’s full press release, the complete proposed amendments to the Canons, and information on sending comments may be found on the Court's website.

Updated: Jul 08, 2021