How to make an ethics complaint about a judge

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In the last two years 21 Georgia Judges have been disciplined by the State’s Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) or have resigned over allegations of unethical conduct. From June 2010 to June 2011 the JQC has received 488 complaints about GA Judges.

The JQC does not get involved with questions of law. That’s for an Appeals Court. The JQC investigates ethical violations by judges such as violations of the law or court rules & advancing the private interests of others.

Judges must be patient, dignified and courteous to litigants, witnesses and lawyers. It is unethical to be bias, prejudice or to discriminate based on sex, race, age, disability or economic status or permit court officials under their control to do so.

Above all a judge must be fair to all parties. Facial expressions, body languages and oral communications can give appearance to judicial bias or prejudice a jury. A judge shall not advocate the law for either party or independently investigate facts in a case and must avoid unnecessary delays and costs. They shall not make public comments that interfere with a fair trial. They must never humiliate a party in or out of court or use their position to bully litigants.

This month the JQC filed ethics complaints against Judge Amanda Williams of Brunswick for making false statements, engaging in favoritism and for partiality. And we’re all familiar with the JQC forcing Fayette judges English & Caldwell to resign over sexual issues and bias. Not to mention the infamous Federal Judge Jack Camp of Newnan.

Please share with us any unethical treatment you have received from any Fayette County Judge. Don’t be afraid of retribution. That will cost a judge their job very quickly. After all judges are only government employees, paid by taxpayers to act with competence, integrity and impartiality. Otherwise the JQC will remove them or you can remove them at the ballot box.

To file an ethical complaint against a judge, google the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia and read all of a judges’ responsibilities.