Informal Complaints Against Judges or Judicial Employees
What is the informal complaint process?
The informal complaint process is a method for addressing complaints or concerns about judges and employees of the state judicial system.
The informal complaint system is confidential, non-confrontational and educational. It is intended to constructively influence conduct and resolve issues before they rise to the level of a formal grievance or disciplinary proceeding.
The informal complaint process will address:
Complaints about the conduct of judges and employees of the state judicial system.
Complaints are limited to conduct occurring in connection with judicial proceedings or in the judicial employment environment.
Complaints which will be considered include those involving temperament; bias related to race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status; or other inappropriate behavior. (Complaints that a judge committed legal error are not included.)
How to make an informal complaint.
Complaints must be in writing.
A complaint must identify the person who is making the complaint and the person complained about. The name of the person making the complaint will not be disclosed without that person's permission.
Complaints may be mailed to: Informal Complaint Panel c/o Administrative Office 600 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505-0530 The envelope should be marked: Personal and Confidential. Complaints may also be filed with any member of the Informal Complaint Panel.
Complaints will be accepted only if the identities of the person making the complaint and the person who is the subject of the complaint are made known to the Informal Complaint Panel.
The name of the person making the complaint will not be disclosed to the person who is the subject of the complaint unless the person who is making the complaint consents.
The Informal Complaint Panel or a member may use any informal methods of addressing the complaint that are appropriate under the circumstances. Another judge or judicial employee may be contacted for assistance in addressing the matter.