- action which constitutes willful misconduct in office;
- final conviction of a crime punishable as a felony under state or federal law;
- willful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties;
- disability that seriously interferes with the performance of judicial duties;
- conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings a judicial office into disrepute.
b. After a preliminary investigation, the JCC may dismiss a complaint. Notice of the dismissal is sent to the complainant.
- assist a person in removing a judge from a particular court case;
- direct a judge to take a particular action in a court case;
- overturn a judge’s decision(s);
- recommend discipline based on a judge’s decision(s);
- recommend or require that a particular court case be stayed pending the outcome of JCC proceedings;
- investigate federal judges, attorneys, court commissioners, court employees or other government employees;
- provide legal assistance.
You may request that the Commission reinstate these proceedings. Any such request must:
(1) be in writing;
(2) be mailed or delivered to the Commission’s office;
(3) be received by the Commission within 30 days of the date of JCC decision letter;
(4) include the specific grounds upon which you seek to have these proceedings reinstated.
Requests that do not meet all four of these criteria may not be considered.”
The Code of Judicial Conduct, adopted by the Utah Supreme Court, consists of four general principles (called “canons”) of ethical behavior. All state, county and municipal judges are obligated to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct. Each canon includes several specific rules. The full text of the Code of Judicial Conduct is available here.
- Canon 1 addresses independence, integrity, impartiality and impropriety
- Canon 2 addresses judges’ on-bench activities
- Canon 3 addresses judges’ off-bench activities
- Canon 4 addresses political activity by judges
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) evaluates the performance of Utah judges and recommends to voters whether or not a judge should be retained during an upcoming retention election. Persons with experience before a judge may submit public comments. Unlike the Judicial Conduct Commission complaint process, JPEC does not conduct formal investigations based on input it receives. However, all public comments will be reviewed by JPEC as part of the evaluation process. If you have information you would like to submit as a public comment, or for more information about the commission's process, click here.
Judicial Conduct Commission offices at:
1385 South State St. Suite 143, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone (801) 468-0021