Although a form is not required to file a complaint against a judge in most states, use of a form increases the chances a complainant will provide the information a judicial conduct commission needs to evaluate whether an investigation is justified. Most judicial conduct commissions have complaint forms on their web-sites. Several states have Spanish-language forms as well as English versions. Many of the on-line forms are the fillable PDF type, convenient for the complainant and decreasing the possibility that illegibility will prevent the commission from understanding the allegations.
There are 5 judicial conduct commissions that provide a form that allows on-line submission of complaints:
- Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission
- D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities & Tenure
- Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct
- Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct
- Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct
The Massachusetts Commission recently reported that 79 of the 152 complaints it received in the first 2 quarters of 2016 were filed electronically using its on-line process.