Ethicin Criminal Justice
Thisis set of moral regulations that are used to ensure that the criminaljustice officers have and keep the uppermost levels ofprofessionalism principles. That the uprightness of justice system issufficiently conserved and that the missions of every correctionfacility and supervision in the states are devotedly achieved andthat the states are served with enthusiasm and honor. The criminaljustice department has adopted several codes of ethics to be appliedand effected to its correction department and regulatory authorities.
Forinstance, the Code of Ethics in Texas justice department states thatcommunity supervision workers are the servants of the Court, and itis their key duty and to serve the Court devotedly. These officialsare not supposed to make any statements that ridicule the dignity ofCourt or its officers or that show disrespect for the criminaljustice. Instead, they should work meticulously and careful tosafeguard the integrity of the judicial system and work extra toimprove the task and competence of the legal systems. The officers’should endeavor towards guaranteeing that equal justice is deliveredto all people. The officers are supposed to obey and carry theinstructions and obligations of the Court and conform to theadministrative processes put by the justice department.
Itis also required that the supervision officers arrange for the Courtto have objective and accurate information. It requires of anofficer to authenticate relevant factual evidence availed to theCourt and then convey a well-versed and unbiased finding whenpresenting recommendations to the Court and update the Courtimmediately of any nonconformity from the Courts orders andinstructions as directed.
Asupervisor officer, also, has an obligation to preserve independenceand integrity of the judiciary. He/she should not use his/herofficial position to further prejudiced political intentions. Norshould an official treat any person different in his or her officialposition by personal hostilities or prejudices. Nor shall the officerdiscriminate any person on the basis of sex, creed, race, nationalityreligion, age, health status or disability. Officers are not supposedto act as an attorney to any person or use their positions to getaccess to somebody because of their official capacity because theyserve as custodians of the Court. The officers should obey the rulesand not mislead or encourage anyone to break them.
Someethics in the justice system require that staffs report thewrongdoing by any colleague in the departments using the significantchannel to the appropriate authorities. The officers of the justicesystem are not allowed to involve themselves in issues that conflictregarding interest with their duties. Regarding the community safety,the justice officers have a duty to exercise the utmost precaution toensure that the defendant under supervision does not pose a threat tothe general public. And if he does he/she should report to therelevant law enforcement agency. The justice officers should treatall individual they come across and provide their services in theirofficial capacity with impartiality. No individual should receive afavor in treatment or adverse treatment.
Theofficials of justice should endeavor work to improve theirprofessionalism. He/she should be proficient in this field byupdating himself/herself on the laws and supervision correctionsemerging. To enhance his knowledge the officer can self-study, attendseminars or training workshops. It is required that the officer ofthe justice system should maintain a professional rapport withindividuals they are supervising. Authority should not be used toreceive any private gain from the offender or exert unwarrantedharassment on any respondent. The Code of Ethics requires thatofficial not to interfere with the civil liabilities or legal rights.They should not disclose any material or personal informationconcerning the defendant other than those allowed in his/her officialcapacity by the law.
TheCode of Ethics provides guidance on the issues of integrity,independence, and responsibility to the public, diligence,professionalism, and impartiality. These guidelines are set to ensurethat the justice system is fair and equitable to all and there nocases that arise that compromise the position of the officer whilecarrying their duties. We have seen that for an officer to do thiscan either attendant workshops or training or self-study.
Thus,an officer of the justice system should update himself/ herselfconcerning issues that revolve around justice systems delivery. Toensure that judges are independent they should be uncorrupt or haveno vested interest in the case under consideration. Diligence willentail a lot of carefulness in delivery the recommendation on factsof a case in order not to mislead the Court while the responsibilityto the community is ensured when the justice system does everythingin its power to safeguard the society from a foreseen danger. Thus,the Code of Ethics strengthens the moral aspect of the criminaljustice system.
Harr,J. S., Hess, M. H., & Orthmann, C. H. (2012). Constitutionallaw and the criminal justice system (5th ed.). Belmont,ca:Wadsworth.
Oregon.(2012). CRIMINAL JUSTICE CODE OF ETHICS. Retrieved fromhttp://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/SC/docs/F-11.pdf.
TexasDepartment of Criminal Justice. (2015). Standards for CSCDs. Texasdepartment of criminal justice community justice assistance division,4-5.