Guide to Judicial Conduct – Revised March 2019


March 2019

This Guide to Judicial Conduct has been fully revised. It is intended to offer assistance to judges, coroners and magistrates about their conduct.

It is based on the principle that responsibility for deciding whether or not a particular activity or course of conduct is appropriate rests with each individual judge.

This Guide is therefore not a code, nor does it contain rules other than where stated. Instead, it contains a set of core principles which will help judges reach their own decisions.



Published by the Judges’ Council October 2004. First Supplement published June 2006. Second Supplement published March 2008. Revision published August 2011. Revision published March 2013. Revision published July 2016. This revision March 2018.