"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so."
Quote by: German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant
Ohio Bailiff and Court Officers Association Ethics
As a court officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the public; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional right of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private and public life unsullied as an example to all so that the public will regard me as an example of stability, fidelity and morality.
I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self - restraint; be constantly mindful of the welfare of others; and exemplify integrity in all my duties. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the rules and directives of my court. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
With no compromise for crime and with relentless persecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear of favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I accept as a sacred obligation my responsibility to support the Constitution of the United States and consider the privilege of defending its principles the greatest honor that may be bestowed upon any person.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of service as a court officer.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession.
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