The Judicial Tenure Commission serves to promote the integrity of the judicial process and preserve public confidence in the courts.
The Commission strives to hold state judges, magistrates, and referees accountable for their misconduct without jeopardizing or compromising the essential independence of the judiciary. The basis for Commission action is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct or Rules of Professional Conduct, which are published with the Michigan Rules of Court.Michigan created the Commission when voters passed an amendment to Article 6, § 30 of the Michigan Constitution in August, 1968. The enabling court rule is now codified in MCR 9.200.
More detailed information regarding the Commission is available through the Home Page. The "How to File a Grievance" tab provides access to a Request for Investigation form and filing instructions. The "Investigation and Complaint Process" tab generally explains the Commission's procedures, while "FAQs" provides answers to the most commonly asked questions submitted to the Commission staff. The "Pending & Resolved Formal Proceedings" tab allows access to an alphabetical list of disciplined judges, as well as those formal complaints that are pending and those that were dismissed without a sanction. "Reference Material provides copies of the primary legal provisions under which the Commission acts, along with summaries of some cases where the Commission issued a confidential admonishment, caution, or explanatory letter to a judicial officer. "Michigan Supreme Court Decisions" lists cite references to the Supreme Court's opinions addressing judicial disciplinary cases, with some links to more recent Supreme Court decisions.
For allegations of improper conduct by attorneys, federal judicial officers, or administrative law judges (over which the Commission does not have jurisdiction), please refer to one of the resources below:
If you have a complaint concerning an attorney practicing in Michigan, the Judicial Tenure Commission cannot assist you. Please contact the:
Attorney Grievance Commission
755 W Big Beaver Rd., Suite 2100
Troy, MI 48084
If you have a complaint concerning a federal judge or magistrate (even if he or she is sitting in a federal court located in Michigan), the Judicial Tenure Commission cannot assist you. Please contact the:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Office of the Circuit Executive
503 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
100 E. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3988
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
(To view the rules regarding complaints based on judicial misconduct or disability on the Sixth Circuit web site, click on "Judicial Complaint" under the "CIRCUIT EXECUTIVE" heading on the left.)
If you have a complaint concerning an administrative law judge, the Judicial Tenure Commission cannot assist you. Please contact the respective department or agency in which the administrative law judge sits for further information regarding any available complaint process.
The Judicial Tenure Commission does not provide legal advice or explain legal procedures. Those matters should be reviewed with an attorney.
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