An independent, fair and impartial judiciary isindispensable to our system of justice. The United States legal system is basedupon the principle that an independent, impartial, and competent judiciary,composed of men and women of integrity, will interpret and apply the law thatgoverns our society. Thus, the judiciary plays a central role in preserving theprinciples of justice and the rule of law. Inherent in all the Rules containedin this Code are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, mustrespect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to maintainand enhance confidence in the legal system.
 Judges should maintain the dignity of judicial officeat all times and should avoid both impropriety and the appearance ofimpropriety in their professional and personal lives. They should aspire at alltimes to conduct that ensures the greatest possible public confidence in theirindependence, impartiality, integrity, and competence.
 The Utah Code of Judicial Conduct establishesstandards for the ethical conduct of judges and judicial candidates. It is notintended as an exhaustive guide for the conduct of judges and judicialcandidates, who are governed in their judicial and personal conduct by generalethical standards, as well as by the Code. The Code is intended, however, toprovide guidance and assist judges in maintaining the highest standards ofjudicial and personal conduct and to provide a basis for regulating theirconduct through the judicial disciplinary system.