Complaints of Judicial Conduct/Disability

Judicial Conduct and Disability Complaints

Congress has created a procedure that permits any person to file a complaint in the courts about the behavior of federal judges—but not about the decisions federal judges make in deciding cases. Below is a link to the rules that explain what may be complained about, who may be complained about, where to file a complaint, and how the complaint will be processed. There is also a link to the form you must use.

Almost all complaints in recent years have been dismissed because they do not follow the law about such complaints. The law says that complaints about judges’ decisions and complaints with no evidence to support them must be dismissed. If you are a litigant in a case and believe the judge made a wrong decision—even a very wrong decision—you may not use this procedure to complain about the decision. An attorney can explain the rights you have as a litigant to seek review of a judicial decision

To access the rules and forms for filing a judicial conduct and disability complaint, click here.

Seminar Disclosure

Judges are now required to disclose certain information relevant to their attendance at privately-funded educational programs. For a link to reports filed by New Hampshire judges, click here.

Educational program providers must also file reports. These reports, however, will not be publicly available until after the program is completed and at least one judge-attendee has electronically filed a disclosure report for that program. For a link to the Educational Program Provider's Reporting System, including FAQs and general information, click here.