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How Judicial Conduct Commissions Work

Cynthia Gray
The Justice System Journal
Vol. 28, No. 3, Judicial Conduct and Ethics (2007), pp. 405-418
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27977363
Page Count: 14
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How Judicial Conduct Commissions Work
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Abstract

This article describes how the judicial conduct organizations established in all fifty states investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate complaints about judicial misconduct. Noting the general rules and exceptions, the article covers commission membership, grounds for discipline, bifurcated systems, and supreme court review. Jurisdictional issues are discussed in light of the high dismissal rate for complaints and consideration of pre-bench conduct and continuing jurisdiction over former judges. Major sections of the article are devoted to confidentiality at all phases of the proceedings (during investigation, after dismissal, and for formal proceedings) and the variety of available formal and informal sanctions.

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