If you should have the need to report the judicial misconduct of a Florida judge or the misconduct of a judicial officer that may not be a judge, the Code of Judicial Conduct would apply. Such complaints are filed with the Judicial Qualifications Commission in Tallahassee, Florida, at the address below. If the offensive conduct is of a criminal nature, you must file a complaint with the State Attorney's Office in the county wherein the criminal conduct was engaged.
The Judicial Qualifications Commission does not provide a complaint form. Instead, the JQC requires your complaint to be in writing in the form of a letter. The Commission will only address the issues relating to the Code of Judicial Conduct and cannot intervene in your court case or change the outcome of your court case.
All judges and judicial officers have taken an oath of office to "support and defend" state and federal constitutions. Specifically, a judge must not deny anyone of their rights to due process of law, access to the courts, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and many other rights set out in our state and federal constitutions. Other government authorities may deprive you of your rights, rightly or wrongly, but only a judge can deny you of your rights. The JQC will consider such violations if addressed in your complaint.
When writing your complaint letter be sure to include the following information: your name, address and telephone number; the date you observed or learned of the misconduct; the case number and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses, including the lawyers. It is suggested that you review the various Canons so you will better understand a judicial officer's duties and responsibilities in this regard.
Make your complaint no greater in length than is reasonably necessary to describe the judicial misconduct. Be sure to attach any relevant documentation, such as court transcripts with highlighted areas and other documents, to illustrate the wrongdoing you observed or of which you have knowledge. Do not attach original documents, but only submit copies of them. It is highly suggested that you make yourself a copy of your complaint before mailing and send your complaint by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested.
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Applicability of the Rules
Canon 1 - A Judge Shall Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
Canon 2 - A Judge Shall Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in all of the Judge's Activities
Canon 3 - A Judge Shall Perform the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently
Canon 4 - A Judge May Engage in Activities to Improve the Law, the Legal System and the Administration of Justice
Canon 5 - A Judge Shall Regulate Extrajudicial Activities to Minimize the Risk of Conflict With Judicial Duties
Canon 6 - Fiscal Matters of a Judge Shall be Conducted in a Manner that does not Give the Appearance of Influence or Impropriety; etc.
Canon 7 - A Judge or Candidate for Judicial Office Shall Refrain from Inappropriate Political Activity
Mail your judicial complaint to:
Attention: Ms. Brooke Kennerly
Judicial Qualifications Commission
Room 102, Historic Capitol Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6000