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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Nebraska

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 4 of Nebraska's code of judicial conduct, judges who are seeking retention in office shall not:

  • In connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office.
  • Make any statement that would reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of any matter pending or impending in any court.
  • Knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, make any false or misleading statement.
  • Personally solicit or accept campaing contributions other than through a campaign committee.

Candidates subject to retention may form campaign committees to manage and conduct their campaigns when there is active opposition to their retention. Such committees may not solicit or accept contributions earlier than six months before the election or later than 30 days after the election.

The judicial ethics committee may express an opinion on proper judicial conduct with respect to the code of judicial conduct at the request of a judge or candidate for judicial office, at the request of a court or the commission on judicial qualifications, or on its own initiative. The committee may also recommend amendments to the code to the supreme court.