Pennsylvania Judicial Discipline Handbook


Pennsylvania Judicial Discipline Handbook by Sarah A. Steers, J.D. and Joel Fishman, PH.D., M.L.S. (George T. Bisel Company, 2018) pulls together important information and case law on judicial discipline.  It is a great resource for attorneys and judges, and specifically for those who serve as counsel for the Judicial Conduct Board and for the appointed judges who serve terms on the Court of Judicial Discipline. The book begins with a historical overview to provide the researcher with an introduction and context for this topic.  It then thoroughly covers issues relevant to judicial discipline and the Code of Judicial Conduct. Chapters include: "The Judicial Conduct Board", "The Court of Judicial Discipline", "Recusal", "Ex parte Communications", "Administrative Management", "Public Service and Volunteer Work" and "Limits to Judicial Conduct and Speech".

As the Hon. David J. Barton notes in his forward, this title is the first compendium of Pennsylvania law and jurisprudence concerning this topic: "Through his previous works, Dr. Fishman has shown a keen eye for addressing underdeveloped areas of the law and weaving them into a cohesive text. Here, too, the authors have thoughtfully assembled Pennsylvania's key legal provisions and case law on judicial discipline...I suspect it will become a mandatory compendium for those in the field." (Forward, p. iii).

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