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Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.2: Judicial and Legal Officials


A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge or a magistrate, or of a candidate for appointment to judicial or legal office.

Adopted June 9, 1997, effective January 1, 1998.


[1] Assessments by lawyers are relied on in evaluating the professional or personal fitness of persons being considered for election or appointment to judicial or legal offices. Expressing honest and candid opinions on such matters contributes to improving the administration of justice. Conversely, false statements by a lawyer can unfairly undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.

[2] ABA Model Rule 8.2(b) is inapplicable in Massachusetts since judges are not elected.

Corresponding ABA Model Rule. Different from Model Rule 8.2.

Corresponding Former Massachusetts Rule. DR 8-102.