Friday, August 30, 2013

Office of the Board on Judicial Standards
The Board on Judicial Standards is an independent state agency that receives and acts upon complaints about Minnesota judges for judicial misconduct or wrongdoing. The Board also handles judicial disability matters. In addition, the Board issues advisory opinions and seeks to educate judges and others about judicial ethics.
Since its inception, the Supreme Court has removed, involuntarily retired, and censured several judges based on the board's recommendation. Many more have been privately disciplined by the board.

Board on Judicial Standards
2025 Centre Pointe Blvd.
Suite 180
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Telephone - (651) 296-3999 Fax (651) 688-1865
TTY - use the State Relay service: call toll-free, 1-800-627-3529
E-mail -
(Complaints will not be accepted by e-mail)
It is the policy of the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to our services.
The office is accessible to all visitors. Disability parking is available near the door of the building. All of our services are provided verbally on the phone or in writing. If you have a hearing disability, you can communicate with us by TTY using the State Relay service (call toll-free 1-800-627-3529).
If you require special accommodations, please make an appointment two weeks in advance letting us know of your needs, so we can have your information ready and make any necessary arrangements. For example, we can contract with a sign language interpreter or a foreign language interpreter. We can provide written information in different forms or larger type, and staff is available to read documents.
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Directions for filing a complaint
Any individual or group may file a complaint. Your complaint should be made in writing. Simply write a letter specifically describing the judge's conduct. Be sure to include the name of the judge, relevant dates, names of witnesses, and sources of information. You may wish to attach copies (do not send originals) of court documents or transcripts if these support your allegations against the judge. Complaints will not be accepted by e-mail.
If you have questions concerning the filing of a complaint, call the board's office at (651) 296-3999.
The board does not have jurisdiction over federal judges or lawyers. Complaints against lawyers should be directed to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, (651) 296-3952. Complaints against Administrative Law Judges and Workers' Compensation Judges, you should contact the Office of Administrative Hearings, (612) 341-7600, and federal judges should be directed to Michael Gans, Clerk, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 316 N. Robert St, St. Paul, MN, 55101, (651) 848-1100.
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