Justice Matters: Judges do not express personal opinions in performance of judicial duties

The election of Missouri judges

The following reflections of Missouri Chief Justice Mary R. Russell make up her most recent Justice Matters column.

It is almost primary election time. Voters soon will face decisions about issues and candidates. Among the candidates are those running for judgeships in outstate Missouri.

Friends and family frequently ask my opinion about ballot proposals and controversial laws. Voters also wonder about the “positions” of judicial candidates. They are surprised to learn judges and judicial candidates face potential ethics issues, including possible disqualification, if they publicly express personal opinions about legal matters that could result in litigation..... Read more»