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ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ON STANDARDS OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT


OPINION NO. 2 - 2014

RE : Propriety of office manager for Magistrate’s Court seeking employment as treasurer of office manager’s church.

FACTS

The office manager for Magistrate’s Court also desires to work part-time employment as the treasurer of the church where the manager attends.  The Magistrate inquires as to whether the office manager may seek and accept such employment.

CONCLUSION

The office manager for Magistrate’s Court may also be employed as part-time treasurer of a church.

OPINION

  Although a judge should refrain from financial and business dealings that would involve him or her  in frequent transactions with lawyers or persons likely to come before him or her in the court on which he or she serves, this restraint is not applicable to employees of a magistrate.  Rule 501, Canon 5(C)(1), SCACR.  Because the office manager here is not a staff attorney or judicial law clerk, or other officer of the court, the office manager is not bound by the rules governing the judiciary and employees of the judicial department.

Thus, the office manager may accept part-time employment as treasurer of a church.

 

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A. CAMDEN LEWIS, CHAIRMAN

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EDWARD G. WELMAKER, III

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JOCELYN B. CATE

February 21, 2014