The Code of Judicial Conduct is promulgated by the Supreme Court under Section 7A-10.1 of the General Statutes of North Carolina.
Available online at the NC Judicial Branch website.
Judicial Ethics Opinions (beginning 2007) are also available online through the UNC Law Library (Westlaw), with account access.
Center for Judicial Ethics, National Center for State Courts ("NCSC")
The Judicial Conference of the United States, through its Committee on Codes of Conduct publishes "formal advisory opinions on ethical issues that are frequently raised or have broad application." Opinions are intended to "provide ethical guidance for judges and judicial employees and assist in the interpretation of the codes of conduct and ethics regulations that apply to the judiciary."
As a part of the United States (federal) Court system, the Fourth Circuit references the ethics policies of the Federal Court on its Judicial Conduct and Disability webpage, including the FAQ page located therein.
Fourth Circuit Judicial Complaint Orders are also available here in full-text and searchable format.
Judicial complaints are to be filed with the "clerk’s office of the United States court of appeals for the regional circuit in which the judge serves." See, FAQ page. Since North Carolina is part of the Fourth Circuit, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals hears complaints against federal judges in North Carolina.
Advisory Opinions of the ABA combine Attorney and Judicial ethics opinions and can be accessed as follows.
Through the American Bar Association website.
Through UNC Libraries (Westlaw), with account access.
ABA Ethics Opinions & Secondary Sources (indexed list, including rules, opinions, and commentary).
Formal Opinions from January 1924; Informal Opinions from July 1961.
Available in UNC Law Library.
Conscience, conduct, and the bar : the formal and informal opinions of the A.B.A. Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 1924-1976, John Miller Lorentz (University Microfilms International, 1983, c1979), at KF306 .L67 1979r.
Formal and Informal Ethics Opinions (1983-1998) (Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, ABA, 2000), at KF305.A2 A43 2000.
Recent Ethics Opinions (1967-1989) (Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, ABA, 1967-1989) at KF305.A2 A43. With informal opinions from 1967 and formal and informal from 1975.
On Lexis, with account access.
North Carolina Focus
Restatement (3d) of the Law Governing Lawyers, as adopted and promulgated. American Law Institute (2000)
Produced by the American Law Institute, the substance of this two-volume set encompasses practice related to the ABA Model Rules, as well as the broader considerations of professional responsibility in the practice of law.
Includes searchable index and updated case citations.
Covering a broad-ranging list of ethical materials, online in Westlaw, with account access.
Searchable index includes access to Keycite system and case citation, updated monthly.
Annotated Model Code of Judicial Conduct, Arthur H. Garwin, Mary McDermott & Dennis A. Rendleman (Center for Professional Responsibility, ABA, 2016)
Available at UNC Law Library at KF8779 .A96 2016.
Available online at Lexis, with account access.
Comparing Professional Responsibility across the United States
American Bar Association's Jurisdictional Rules Comparison Charts detail the way "each jurisdiction has modified each of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct." These informational charts evaluate each rule across the 50 states, and include comparisons from as recently as February 2020.
A survey of ethical rules across the 50 states, by Thomson Reuter (2019) (Westlaw access required).
Searchable table, organized by state and rule.
Includes US Territories, Guam, Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands.
The Ethics Advisory Committees page provides links to opinions on judicial ethics from each state.
Judicial Conduct Reporter, published quarterly, summarizing recent decisions and advisory opinions, reporting developments in judicial discipline, and including articles on judicial ethics and discipline procedures. The Judicial Conduct Reporter began as a publication of the American Judicature Society Center for Ethics through the summer of 2014, at which point its publication transferred to the NCSC. The first issue of each year (winter) reports state judicial discipline statistics for the prior year and "summariz[es] all cases in which judges were removed."
American Bar Association's Judicial Ethics and Regulation page provides links to the following, among others.
A set of comparison charts Comparing Individual Jurisdictional Judicial Conduct Rules to ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Each of these charts considers one section of the model code, presenting how each state's individual judicial conduct rules vary (if at all) from the model code. Note: North Carolina does not appear in the list of states analyzed at this time.
Ethics Discussions in Blogs and News Services
Ethics-related blogs and links with a national perspective, including reference to state and ABA ethical codes.
Professional Responsibility Blog, Professor Alberto Bernabe, University of Illinois in Chicago John Marshall School of Law
Reporting on ethical matters across the United States, searchable via controlled vocabulary (keywords).
Although its main focus is the understanding and improvement of state and local government, the North Carolina School of Government maintains a blog providing commentary on timely issues, including on the topic of legal ethics. The site is public and includes a searchable index.