Commenting on Cases
The Judicial Branch does not comment on cases that could come before the courts; pending cases, litigation, and / or investigations; final rules and opinions; matters pending or concluded before the Judicial Standards Commission; and protected personnel information and documents.
Generally, judges should not make any public comments relating to cases they are presiding over while the case is pending and until all appeals are final. Under Canon 3A(6) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, judges are also not permitted to make public comments about the merits of any pending case in any other court, state or federal, if it involves a case or controversy arising in North Carolina or addresses North Carolina law. Canon 3A(6) also requires judges to encourage court personnel under their direction and control not to make such comments.
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