November 16, 2020
This responds to your inquiry (20-183) asking whether you, a town justice, may serve on your town’s “Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative,” which was formed in response to the Governor’s Executive Order 203. You note the town’s committee will include representatives of the District Attorney’s office and the Public Defender’s office, in addition to other officials and citizens.
In Opinion 20-112, we advised that judges may not participate in committees formed in response to Executive Order 203, which will recommend changes to current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and practices.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 20-112 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
Supreme Court Justice
Acting Supreme Court Justice