Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Florida Supreme Court : Judicial Qualification Commission- Public Information

The Judicial Qualifications Commission is an independent agency created by the Florida Constitution solely to investigate alleged misconduct by Florida state judges. It is not a part of the Florida Supreme Court or the state courts and operates under rules it establishes for itself. The JQC has no authority over federal judges or judges in other states. Complaints against state judges must be filed in writing with the JQC, not with the Supreme Court or any other state court or judge. Neither the Supreme Court nor its Chief Justice have any authority to investigate alleged misconduct by state judges or to investigate the JQC. The JQC can be reached at:

Judicial Qualifications Commission
1110 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone (850) 488-1581

What Are the Ethics Standards for State Judges?
The ethical standards for judges are called the Code of Judicial Conduct. They apply to all sitting judges. Canon 7 of the Code also applies to anyone seeking judicial office, such as in an election.

How Must a Complaint be Filed?
Complaints can be filed as a simple letter to the address above outlining the alleged misconduct of the judge. No form is required. Complaints cannot be filed with the Supreme Court, only with the JQC.


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