Like many businesses, Florida’s courts are caught in the national labor crunch. While a creative, out-of-the-box approach is needed to fulfill staffing shortages, judges are still prohibited from hiring family members, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

The Supreme Court committee issued Opinion 2022-12 October 3, which responded to a judge on whether the Code of Judicial Conduct would allow the judge to hire the judge’s spouse as a judicial assistant. The assistant position has been vacant in the judge’s office for some time.

The judge asked the committee to reconsider the opinion reached in Fla. JEAC Op. 2015-09, which “dealt with the question of whether a judge could continue to employ the judicial assistant after the assistant’s marriage to the judge’s son.”