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Candidates for Probate Judge

Potential candidates for the position of probate judge are advised to review the “Memo for Potential Probate Judge Candidates” below to fully understand requirements and expectations.

In deciding to run for probate judge, candidates should be aware of the demanding nature of the position. Candidates should plan to commit the majority of the workweek to court duties. While judges are not prohibited from practicing law, there are ethical restrictions on a judge’s legal practice as well as on the practice of other attorneys in the firm.

Successful candidates need to be aware that they are required to participate in an intensive training program and must meet strict continuing education requirements.

Candidates should pay particular attention during the election process to ethical considerations and legal limitations placed on judicial candidates regarding political activities and campaign fundraising.

Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas
Probate Court Administrator


 Information for Candidates for Probate Judge

Special Election Memo to Candidates on Nov 5, 2024
Minimum Standards for Probate Judges
2022 SEEC Guide for Probate Judge Candidates
Requirement that Candidates be Attorneys
Campaign Ethics - 2022
Limitations on Judges Practicing Law
Limitations on Private Practice Activities
Limitations on Partners of Judges Practicing in Courts
Required Training for New Judges
Probate Judge Continuing Education Regulation
Code of Probate Judicial Conduct