4.1 As a general proposition, the Justices are entitled to exercise the rights and freedoms available to all citizens. There is a public interest in their participating, insofar as their office permits, in the life and affairs of the
community. The Justices also have private and family lives which are
entitled to the same respect as those of other people.
4.2 However, the Justices accept that the nature of their office exposes them to considerable scrutiny and puts constraints on their behaviour which other people may not experience. They are conscious that it is a privilege to serve the community in this capacity. They will try to avoid situations which might reasonably lower respect for their judicial office, or cast doubt upon their impartiality as judges, or expose them to charges of hypocrisy. They will try to conduct themselves in a way which is consistent with the dignity of their office.
4.3 In Court, the Justices will seek to be courteous, patient, tolerant and punctual and to respect the dignity of all. They will strive to ensure that no
one in Court is exposed to any display of bias or prejudice on grounds such
as race, colour, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status,
sexual orientation, social and economic status and other like causes. Care will be taken that arrangements made for and during a hearing do not put people with a disability at a disadvantage.
4.4 No Justice, or member of a Justice’s family, will ask for or accept any gift, bequest, loan or favour in relation to anything done or to be done or
omitted to be done by the Justice in connection with his or her judicial duties.