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Former judges shouldn't be using the title

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio judges shouldn't still be using the title of judge.

That's the opinion of the disciplinary arm of the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that an advisory opinion issued by the court Monday said that with a few exceptions, a former judge should not continue to use the judicial title.

The written opinion says social etiquette suggesting "once a judge, always a judge" is "misplaced in modern American legal and judicial ethics."

Former jurists shouldn't be using the title "while practicing law, engaging in law-related or other business activities, working in government or other public-sector positions, or providing charity or community service."

However, retired judges assigned to preside over cases as fill-ins can appropriately use the title.

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