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Hancock chairs Judicial Conduct Task Force

Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock has been appointed to serve as a co-chair of the Code of Judicial Conduct Task Force.

The appointment was made by Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. The other co-chair of the task force is Judge Joel Penoyar of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2.

The task force is charged with reviewing the 2007 American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Code to consider whether to recommend that the model code, or any parts thereof, should be adopted in Washington.

Washington’s Code of Judicial Conduct was originally adopted in 1974, and was revised in 1995 following recommendations from a similar task force, of which Judge Hancock was a member.

The current task force includes representatives from the court of appeals, superior court, district court, Washington State Bar Association, and lay members who have served on the Commission on Judicial Conduct (the constitutionally-authorized state judicial disciplinary body) or who have been active in the League of Women Voters.

The task force will hold a number of meetings, receive recommendations from workgroups, and may seek public input. Its recommendations will be forwarded to the state supreme court for action.

Judge Hancock also serves as chair of the Washington State Ethics Advisory Committee. This committee was established by the state supreme court in 1983 to issue opinions on judicial ethics issues at the request of judges.

Judge Hancock is the only superior court judge to serve as chair of the committee, all previous chairs having been judges of the court of appeals.

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