PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE
Any person who has a complaint about a judge’s behavior may seek the assistance of the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability. The Supreme Judicial Court has given the Committee the responsibility to independently investigate alleged violations of the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct by a judge. A Committee investigation may result in either disciplinary action against a judge or a finding that no violation occurred.
The Committee has no authority, however, to become involved in or change the outcome of a court case. A violation of the Maine Code of Judicial Court will not be found if a person is simply dissatisfied with a judge’s decision. A person who seeks a different outcome to his or her case must file an appeal or seek judicial reconsideration in accordance with the applicable rules of court. In addition, a complaint filed with the Committee on Judicial Responsibility does not preserve a person’s right to appeal or seek reconsideration.