Guidelines for Judicial Misconduct or Disability Complaints
Congress has created a procedure that permits any person to file a complaint in the courts about the behavior of federal judges—but not about the decisions federal judges make in deciding cases. Above is a link to the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Judicial-Conduct Rules that explain what may be complained about, who may be complained about, where to file a complaint, and how the complaint will be processed. You must comply with these rules, or we may reject your complaint without considering your arguments.
Almost all complaints in recent years have been dismissed because they do not follow the law about such complaints. The law says that complaints about judges’ decisions and complaints with no evidence to support them must be dismissed. If you are a litigant in a case and believe the judge made a wrong decision—even a very wrong decision—you may not use this procedure to complain about the decision. An attorney can explain the rights you have as a litigant to seek review of a judicial decision.
Please note the following to avoid the rejection or summary dismissal of your complaint:
You must either use the Ninth Circuit complaint form [link above], or shall identify all subject judge(s) on the first page of your complaint. Ninth Circuit Local Rule 6.1(a)
You must submit a statement of facts in support of your claims that is no more five pages (five sides), or 1,200 words, whichever is less, unless the Chief Judge grants permission for additional pages. You must submit your complaint on standard 8.5x11 size paper. Ninth Circuit Local Rule 6.1(b)
You may not request that the Chief Judge or Judicial Council take action in an underlying case. The Judicial Council only has power over administrative matters and is not a court. For example, you cannot use this misconduct procedure to request that the Chief Judge or the Judicial Council vacate an underlying order, force a judge to recuse himself, award damages, or grant any kind of relief that you would ask for from a court. No. 08-90066+ (In re Complaint of Judicial Misconduct, 567 F.3d 429 (9th Cir. Jud. Council 2009)