How to file a Texas Judge complaint?
Is a Texas citizen able to file a complaint against a judge? The answer is yes. The amendment to the Texas Constitution, adopted in 1965, requires that the "State Court Attorney's State Committee" oversee and investigate codes of conduct committed by Texas Judges.
The Commission has jurisdiction over Texas judges, including appellate, district, county, judiciary and municipal judges, visiting judges and associated judges. It consists of 13 members who serve for six years without compensation. These members consist of six judges appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas, consisting of two lawyers appointed by the Texas State Court and five civilian members who are not lawyers or judges appointed by the legislature. The Commission has 14 employees.
If you think you have made a wrong decision on a case, you are complaining about a criminal case or the unpopular decision of a judge, you will not be considered wrong and your complaint will not be heard. This usually requires an appeal review, and these problems are handled by the appeals procedure.
If you feel you have a legitimate complaint, you can call the State Attorney's court action (512) 463-5533 or (877) 228-5750. Phone call is not enough to start an investigation. There is a complaint form that opens a file. The form can be obtained at:
STATE COMMITTEE ON THE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE
P.O. BOX 12265
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78711-2265
You must strictly specify the circumstances and facts that led to the wrongful conduct of the judge. Including court documents or written evidence in support of your complaint. The absence of a judge's judgment or care is usually not reviewed. Much more serious misconduct is needed. After the complaint has been received by the Commission, you will be notified in writing that the complaint is being investigated. If the Commission receives a warning, a public warning, or a warning, it will receive a copy of it.
The Texan Constitution requires all activities of the Commission to be confidential. Meetings are also closed by the complainant. They meet at least six times a year and have more than 600 complaints per year. According to the Commission, each complaint must be thoroughly investigated. The Texans usually plan to review their complaint within about 6 months. This is the average. Some may be faster or much longer depending on their complexity.
The committee is authorized to submit a public or private warning, warning or reprimand. They have the power to suspend a judge if he is accused of an offense involving a formal offense. This decision is rarely given and the judge concerned is usually appealing.