Judicial Complaints

The link below is to the Judicial-Conduct and Judicial-Disability Rules adopted by the Judicial Conference of the United States on March 11, 2008, which are effective April 10, 2008.  To the extent that the Eighth Circuit's previous rules governing Judicial Misconduct and Disability are inconsistent with the new Rules, they are superseded by the new Rules.   However, certain provisions of the Eighth Circuit's Rules, especially Rule 5 providing for review panel action on petitions for review of the Chief Judge's decision, remain in effect.

The link below is to the exisiting Judicial Council of the Eighth Circuit Rules Governing Complaints of Judicial Misconduct and Disability.

The link below is to instructions to assist filers in preparing complaints. These instructions were prepared by the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability and are intended to provide general information about the process. The Eighth Circuit's Rules governing the complaint process, and not these instructions, control the complaint process. Please consult the Rules before proceeding.