Pa. Supreme Court approves new ethics rules

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The highest court in Pennsylvania has approved new ethics rules that include provisions barring the state's 450 judges from hiring relatives and serving on corporate boards.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday unveiled the revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct. Most of the changes take effect July 1, though judges have a year from then to step down from corporate boards.

The updated rules also say judges must bow out of cases in which any participating lawyers have given them substantial campaign donations.

The revised code comes after a year that saw judges on the now-defunct Philadelphia Traffic Court indicted for ticket-fixing and a sitting Supreme Court justice forced to resign after being found guilty of corruption.

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