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Connecticut Committee on Judicial Ethics
Informal Opinion Summaries

2008-12 (October 10, 2008)
Financial Activities; Stock Interest; Disclosure/Disqualification; Remittal; Canons 3 & 5

Issue: Does the ownership of a small amount of stock in a bank require a Judicial Official to disqualify himself or herself from presiding over all foreclosure cases involving that bank?

Response: Based upon the facts presented, the Committee unanimously agreed that a Judicial Official’s ownership of a small amount of stock in a bank that frequently appeared before the Judicial Official, unless held in a non-judge managed mutual fund, required the Judicial Official to disqualify himself or herself, subject to possible remittal in accordance with Canon 3(d). The Judicial Official was advised to consider whether divestment was feasible in the near future prior to considering whether to request a judicial re-assignment.

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