PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE
Any person who has a grievance about a judge or magistrate may file a complaint with the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability. The Supreme Judicial Court has established the Committee to independently investigate alleged violations of the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct. A Committee investigation may result in either a recommendation for disciplinary action or a finding that no violation occurred. The Supreme Judicial Court has the final authority to decide whether to discipline a judge or magistrate.
The Committee has no authority to become involved in, or change, the decision in a court case. Dissatisfaction with a judge or magistrate's decision cannot be the basis for the Committee to find a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct. A person who seeks a different outcome to his or her case must file an appeal, or seek judicial reconsideration, according to the applicable rules of court. Filing a complaint with the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability does not preserve a person's right to appeal or seek reconsideration.