Potential candidates for the position of probate judge are advised to review the “Memo for Potential Probate Judge Candidates” 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