Judicial Misconduct & Disability
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.
Complaints against judges of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts are handled by the Judicial Council of the First Circuit. Complete information about the process, including rules and forms, may be found on the First Circuit’s website.
- First Circuit Court's Website
- Complaint Form - Complaint of Judicial Misconduct or Disability
- Judicial Conference and First Circuit Rules for Judicial Conduct
The website for the United States Courts provides summaries of the following rules and documents relating to the conduct and disability of federal judges.
- Code of Conduct for United States Judges
- Complaint of Judicial Misconduct or Disability (AO 310)
- Frequently Asked Questions on Filing a Judicial Conduct or Disability Complaint Against a Federal Judge
- Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980
- Judicial Conduct and Disability Orders
- Published Advisory Opinions
- Rules for Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Proceedings