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Last Updated: 07/14/2021

Administer Justice

Strategy: Administer Justice

Agency: 050 - Commission on Judicial Conduct

A001 - Judicial Conduct Review

The Commission on Judicial Conduct was created by constitutional amendment as an independent agency of the judicial branch of government to review complaints concerning the ethical conduct of judges, state officers, and state employees of the judicial branch. The Commission, an 11-member body composed of judges, attorneys and representatives of the public, may impose sanctions, recommend disciplinary action, and issue decisions in the interest of both judicial independence and public accountability. Commission activities commence with a complaint from which follows a mandatory process involving four distinct constitutionally-required phases: preliminary investigation (96.1 percent of the complaints are resolved at this stage), initial proceedings (2.9 percent); public fact-finding hearing (.5 percent); and Supreme Court review (.5 percent) . The outcome at the end of each stage dictates whether further proceedings are necessary.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 9.5 9.5 9.5
001 - General Fund
State 1,217,000 1,280,000 2,497,000
489 - Pension Funding Stabilization Acct
State 65,000 65,000 130,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 9.5 9.5 9.5
GFS 1,217,000.0 1,280,000.0 2,497,000.0
Other 65,000.0 65,000.0 130,000.0
Totals 1,282,000.0 1,345,000.0 2,627,000.0

001694 - Complaints Closed

Number of judicial conduct complaints closed
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 A2 306 300
2015-17 A3 344 300
2017-19 A2 394 300
2017-19 A3 558 300
2019-21 A2 471 300
2019-21 A3 0 300

001696 - Percent of closed investigations within six months

Percentage of judicial conduct investigations closed within six months of receiving the complaint.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 A2 88% 80%
2015-17 A3 88% 80%
2017-19 A2 79% 80%
2017-19 A3 74% 80%
2019-21 A2 70% 80%
2019-21 A3 0% 80%