Rule 1. Creation and organization of the committee.
1. Creation and purpose.
The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and
Election Practices is hereby created to resolve ethical disputes arising in the
course of campaigns for judicial office, and to provide judges and aspirants to
judicial office advisory opinions regarding ethical matters that may arise in
the ordinary course of judicial service, or in the elective or appointment
2. Organization of the committee.
The committee shall consist of twenty-eight
members. Twelve shall be attorneys, twelve shall be non-attorneys, and four
shall be judges designated to serve on the ethics advisory committee as provided
in Rule 5. In addition, every district and senior judge is an ex officio member
of the unfair election practices panels, and may be asked by the chair to serve
as a non-voting member of a panel as provided in Rule 4.
The Board of Governors of the State Bar shall appoint the attorney members,
and the Governor may appoint the non-attorney members. If the Governor declines
to appoint, then the Board of Governors of the State Bar and the Nevada
Commission on Judicial Discipline shall each appoint six of the non-attorney
members. The supreme court shall appoint two district judges and two judges
serving either as municipal court judges or justices of the peace.
When appointing the non-attorney members, consideration shall be given to
each appointee's experience in the areas of advertising and public relations,
journalism, regulatory bodies, politics and political campaigns, and also to the
appointee's other qualifications and experience as will ensure that diverse
points of view are represented on the committee.
(a) Terms. Appointments or reappointments are for a 2-year term of off
ice. The initial membership shall have staggered terms. No member shall be
appointed to more than four, consecutive full terms.
(b) Removal. Committee members are not subject to removal by their
appointing authority during their terms of office, except for cause. Cause
includes unexcused failures to attend scheduled meetings, the number of which
the committee shall set in an attendance policy.
3. Officers of the committee.
There shall be a chair and vice-chair. The
Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline shall appoint the chair and vice-chair
from the attorney members of the committee for two-year terms.
4. Executive director of the committee.
The executive director of the Nevada
Commission on Judicial Discipline shall act as the executive director of the