What is a Public Disposition?

All proceedings of the CJC are confidential pursuant to M.G.L. c. 211C, sec. 6 and Commission Rule 5. Proceedings on a complaint begin the moment a complaint arrives at the CJC's office.  

A complaint filed against a judge becomes public only when the judge has agreed to a public disclosure (usually through a press release), when the CJC files formal charges against a judge with the Supreme Judicial Court, or when the Supreme Judicial Court imposes a public disposition (either in response to formal charges or a Rule 13 submission) – circumstances that apply only when the investigative process has been completed and the judge has been given an opportunity to respond.  Some public dispositions do not involve a finding of misconduct or discipline against a judge - the CJC may issue a press release to announce the dismissal of a complaint against a judge when the complaint has already become known to the public. 

Unless a complaint against a judge has become public through one of the above procedural routes, the complaint remains confidential.  The CJC cannot provide general information relating to the complaint history of a judge.  This section provides information relating to the public dispositions of complaints against judges from 2002 to present.  

The CJC's designated Records Access Officer is Howard V. Neff, III.  If you wish to inquire about a public record not available on this site, you may contact the CJC at 617-725-8050.

Judge Maria I. Lopez

From May 2002 through June 2003

Formal charges, response to charges, public hearing transcripts, Hearing Officer's report, agreed disposition



Judge Santo J. Ruma

From January 2006 through April 2006

Formal charges, response to charges, scheduling of public hearing, agreed disposition



Judge Ernest B. Murphy

From July 2007 through August 2008

Formal charges, response to charges, public hearing transcripts, Hearing Officer's Report, Objections to Hearing Officer's Report, CJC Report and Recommendations to SJC, final decision of the SJC



Judge Michael J. Livingstone

From October 2007 through April 2008

Formal charges, response to charges, public hearing scheduling, postponements, agreed disposition