In 2020, as a result of approximately 127 public state judicial discipline proceedings:
- 11 judges were removed from office.
- 5 former judges were barred from serving in office again. 1 of those former judges was also suspended from the practice of law for 1 year. 2 were also publicly censured, fined $1,000 each, and permanently barred from public office. 1 was also publicly censured and barred from public office for 10 years.
- 13 judges or former judges resigned or retired in lieu of discipline pursuant to public agreements with conduct commissions.
- 7 judges were suspended without pay as a final sanction for 14 days to 6 months, although the 6-month suspension was stayed conditioned on the judge completing 2 hours of education and engaging in no further misconduct. There were 3 suspensions for 30 days (1 also included a reprimand; 1 included a reprimand and $1,000 fine). 1 judge was suspended for 3 months. 1 judge was suspended for 90 days, reprimanded, and fined $2,000.
- Approximately 7 of the cases involved former judges. In approximately 15 of those cases, the judge was also ordered to obtain additional education, training, mentoring, or counseling.
- 1 former judge was disbarred and 2 former judges had their law licenses suspended in attorney discipline proceedings for conduct while they were judges. The suspensions were for 6 months, although 1 of those suspensions was stayed conditioned on the former judge completing 4 hours of education and engaging in no further misconduct.
- In 2 cases, the judicial conduct commission made public findings of misconduct but did not impose a sanction.
- 1 judge was retired for disability.
This count does not include approximately 8 cases currently pending on review. Approximately 1/3 of the sanctions were entered pursuant to an agreement. “Judge” refers to any type of judicial officer, whether full-time or part-time, including supreme court and appellate court justices, justices of the peace, magistrates, court commissioners, and hearing officers.
See also State judicial discipline in 2019.
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