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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Georgia

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 7 of Georgia's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • Make statements that commit them with respect to issues likely to come before the court.

  • Use or participate in the publication of a false statement of fact concerning themselves or their candidacies, or concerning any opposing candidate or candidacy, with knowledge of the statement's falsity or with reckless disregard for the statement's truth or falsity.

Judicial candidates are permitted to personally solicit and accept campaign contributions and personally solicit publicly stated support. However, candidates are encouraged to form committees to manage campaign funds and obtain public statements of support.

in 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held unconstitutional two provisions of the code: a prohibition on candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions and a prohibition on using or participating in the public communication of false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, or misrepresentative material. Weaver v. Bonner, 309 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2002).