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Advisory Opinions
These advisory opinions have been issued by the Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct. Rule 503(D), SCACR, provides the following regarding these opinions: "All opinions shall be advisory in nature only. No opinion shall bind the Commission on Judicial Conduct in any proceeding properly before that body. However, in the discretion of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, an opinion of the Committee may be considered as evidence of a good faith effort to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct."
   
Propriety of a magistrate judge accompanying an adult child who was the victim of a felony crime to court appearances involving that crime

Propriety of a magistrate holding bond hearings, signing warrants and presiding over preliminary hearings where the magistrate is dating the county sheriff.

Propriety of a family court judge participating in the American Inns of Court.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate judge working part-time as an independent sales representative for a travel club.

Propriety of a full-time magistrate judge serving on the board of trustees for a children’s home.

Propriety of a newly-elected circuit court judge presiding over matters in which members of the judge’s former law firm appear as counsel.

Propriety of a magistrate judge serving on 1) the Advisory Council of the USC Law School's Pro Bono Program; and 2) joining the Women and Gender Studies Partnership Council at USC.

Propriety of a family court judge presiding over adoption hearings where the judge’s relative is the executive director of a child-placing agency.

Propriety of a circuit court judge, whose brother is an assistant public defender, presiding over cases in which another attorney from the public defender’s office represents a party.
Propriety of a circuit court judge presiding over a guilty plea where the judge’s brother is the public defender if both the public defender and solicitor waive disqualification.

Propriety of a part-time municipal judge also serving as president of an association of criminal defense lawyers.

Propriety of a full -time magistrate judge serving as a grant writer for a non-profit or government organization as a requirement for the judge’s Master’s degree.

Propriety of a full-time municipal judge allowing the judge’s residence to be featured in a tour of homes.

Propriety of a magistrate judge hiring the son of another magistrate (who presides in the same county) as a constable.

Propriety of a circuit court judge having a personal relationship with an employee of the Solicitor’s office.

Propriety of a part-time magistrate judge serving on the Board of Directors for a local electric cooperative.