(Closed) Judge Gift – Legality

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I believe each jurisdiction has their own set of ethical rules for judges. If he can’t charge a fee, he probably can’t take anything of actual monetary value. You should call the clerk’s office in his court and ask tho. I also think it’d be okay if you gave him something to show that you appreciated what he was doing, but that was worth very little. Maybe you could just invite the judge and his wife to a home cooked dinner.

Post # 4
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901 posts
Busy bee

You can officially address the gift to his wife.

Post # 5
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

While theoretically you could address the gift to the wife to get around any jurisdictional restrictions against public employees recieving gifts, this places the judge in potentially murky ethical waters— while technically that is not misconduct, it could potentially give an observer the impression of inappropriate behavior.  In other words, it might not be doing anything wrong if you address the gift to the wife, but some outside observer might see that and assume something underhanded is going on. In many jurisdictions, the standard of behavior for public officials extends not just to “don’t do anything wrong’ but also “don’t do anything that LOOKS like it’s wrong.”

So don’t address the gift to the wife.

I’d either invite them over for a very nice home-cooked dinner, or make them some nice homemade treats like home-canned pickles, homemade toffee, etc.

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