Archive  Public Dispositions (CJC)

A comprehensive resource for public information relating to complaints against Massachusetts state court judges from 1995 to present.

Organization: Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct
Date published: September 24, 2018

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 or its subject matter 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.  

Judges are grouped below alphabetically, by last name.  Selecting a section will lead to a page with all of the complaint information about judges in that name range that is non-confidential and available to the public. In each section, judges are listed in alphabetical order by last name. 

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.

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