PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
JUNE 10, 2002
Chief Justice Pascal
F. Calogero, Jr. announced today that the Louisiana Supreme
Court has approved the Judicial
Campaign Oversight Rules proposed by the Louisiana Judicial
Campaign Oversight Committee which will govern the operations
of the recently established Committee.
The 15-member Oversight
Committee, in place for the Fall 2002 judicial elections,
is comprised of retired judges, lawyers, and citizens who
are neither lawyers or judges. Along with the rules, the Oversight
Committee recommended, and the Court approved, "Acknowledgment
Regarding Canon 7 of the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct"
and a complaint form.
According to Chief
Justice Calogero, "The purpose of the committee is to serve
as a resource for judicial candidates, to assist in educating
judges and attorneys running for judicial office about the
Code of Judicial Conduct, and to help deter impermissible
judicial campaign conduct."
In furtherance of this purpose, an
Regarding Canon 7 of the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct
," has been prepared which judicial candidates may voluntarily
sign to certify that they have read, understand and agree
to abide by Canon 7, which regulates judicial campaign conduct.
Additionally, a complaint
form has been prepared and is available for use by citizens
who wish to file complaints concerning alleged judicial campaign
misconduct with the Oversight Committee.
For more information
or a copy of the Judicial Campaign Oversight Rules, Acknowledgment,
and Complaint Form visit the Louisiana Supreme Court web site
at www.lasc.org or contact
the Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Administrator's Office
at (504) 568-5747.