The Court on the Judiciary
Complaints Dismissed after Review
Under Rule 5.1(a) of the Rules of the Court on the Judiciary, a complaint filed in the Court on the Judiciary is referred in the first instance to the Chief Justice for review. Under Rule 5.1(b), the Chief Justice, with the unanimous agreement of a panel of the Supreme Court, may decline to refer to a Panel of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee, and may dismiss by written order any complaint that fails to comply with Rule 5 or that, upon consideration of its contents and the attachments required by Rule 5(a), is (1) frivolous, (2) lacking in good faith, (3) based upon a litigant’s disagreement with the ruling of a judge, or (4) is properly a matter subject to appellate review.
Complaints Dismissed after Preliminary Investigation
Under Rule 5.1(c) of the Rules of the Court on the Judiciary, a Panel of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee considers complaints referred to it by the Chief Justice. If, after its investigation under Rule 7(b), the Panel reports that it does not find probable cause to proceed, the Chief Justice will dismiss the complaint unless the Chief Justice determines that the record includes a basis for finding probable cause to proceed.
Complaints Dismissed after Evidentiary Hearing
Under Rule 9 of the Rules of the Court on the Judiciary, if the Panel of the Preliminary Investigatory Committee finds probable cause to proceed or if the Chief Justice makes such a finding, the matter will be heard by a Board of Examining Officers appointed by the Chief Justice. Under Rule 15(a), if the final report of the Board does not report misconduct or disability, filing of the report will conclude the matter and the complaint will be dismissed unless the Court on the Judiciary requires further proceedings.