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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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