Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC)

Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct

The Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) is the state agency responsible for investigating complaints alleging that a state court judge has engaged in judicial misconduct or has a disability preventing him or her from properly performing judicial duties. The CJC is also responsible for pursuing, when it is appropriate, remedial action or discipline against state court judges.

Address

11 Beacon Street, Suite 525, Boston, MA 02108

Phone

Fax

(617) 248-9938

Who we serve

Anyone may file a complaint with the CJC:  a party involved in a case, a family member of a party involved in a case, a lawyer, or just an interested citizen.  

Role of the CJC

  • Preserve both judicial independence and public accountability
  • Provide a fair and reasonable process to address judicial misconduct and disability
  • Maintain the public's confidence in the integrity of the judicial system

All fifty states and the District of Columbia have judicial conduct agencies to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct and disability that prevent judges from properly performing their judicial duties.

Limits of the CJC

  • Cannot not serve as an appellate court to review judges' rulings
  • Cannot reverse judge's decision
  • Cannot vacate a judge's decision
  • Does not have the authority to order a judge to step down from hearing a case
  • Does not have the authority to provide a complainant with a different judge

Recent news & announcements

Press Release

Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct Admonishes Judge 

11/09/2017 Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct

CJC Admonishes Judge

Press Release

Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct Statement on Media Reports of Allegations Against Judge Thomas Estes 

10/23/2017 Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct

CJC Statement on Media Reports Regarding Judge Thomas Estes

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