CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 26, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court adopted a Court Rule today which enacts financial disclosure provisions for state court judges and which is consistent with and comparable to those provisions adopted by the state legislature earlier this year for legislators and other public officials. The newly adopted Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XXXIX, Part N. entitled “Financial Disclosure by Judges”, will become effective January 1, 2009.
Secondly, in furtherance of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s oversight over the state judiciary, the Court considered the need to amend the Code of Judicial Conduct and, upon review, substantially revised Canon 6 relative to the restrictions on the receipt and reporting of gifts by judges. The revisions incorporate portions of Louisiana statutory law applicable to other public officials as well as the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct. The revised Canon 6 is also to become effective January 1, 2009.
The new rule and revised Canon are posted on the Louisiana Supreme Court web site: www.lasc.org.