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Judicial Conduct & Disability

Under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act, anyone can file a complaint in federal court alleging that a federal judge has engaged in misconduct or become disabled.

The Judicial Conduct and Disability Act establishes a process by which any person can file a complaint in federal court alleging that a federal judge has engaged in "conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts" or has become, by reason of a temporary or permanent condition, "unable to discharge the duties" of the judicial office. This process cannot be used as a means to collaterally attack a judge's rulings. An attorney can explain any rights you have as a litigant to seek review of a judicial decision.

Judicial Conduct & Disability Resources

Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, 28 U.S.C. ยงยงย 351-364

Implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980: A Report to the Chief Justice (pdf)

Filing a Complaint of Judicial Misconduct or Judicial Disability Against a Federal Judge (pdf)

Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings (pdf)

Circuit Resources

Each judicial circuit's website provides access to rules explaining how and where to file a complaint, as well as the form required for these complaints.

Opinions of the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability

Draft Rules Amendments

Draft Amendments to Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings