the Website of the Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct
Virgin Islands Commission on Judicial Conduct ("CJC") was created by Virgin
Islands Supreme Court Rule to conduct investigations and hearings with respect
to complaints of ethical misconduct by Virgin Islands judges. The Commission is
(3) judges, including one magistrate of Superior Court
(3) lawyers, each of whom must be an active member of the Virgin Islands Bar.
(3) private citizens, neither of whom shall be members of the V.I. Bar or a
serve four (4) year terms and until their successors are appointed and
CJC is the agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial
misconduct against the judicial officers of the Virgin Islands courts and for
recommending, when necessary, discipline of judges to the Supreme Court of the
Virgin Islands. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have judicial
conduct agencies to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct and
disability that prevent judges from properly performing their judicial duties.
Commission does not serve as an appellate court to review judges' rulings. It
cannot review, reverse or vacate a judge's decision. Nor does it have the
authority to order a judge to step down from hearing a case or to provide a
complainant with a different judge.
Commission has the responsibility of preserving both judicial independence and
public accountability. By providing a fair and reasonable process to address
judicial misconduct and disability, the Commission serves to maintain the
public's confidence in the integrity of the judicial system.
procedures relating to the filing of a complaint, its investigation and
resolution can be found in Supreme Court Rule 209,
and in the Commission Internal Operating Rules
which may be found on this website. If you have any questions about the
Commission, we suggest that you review the various links on this website, which
includes the Code
of Judicial Conduct, the set of rules that
governs the conduct of judges. If you wish to file a complaint, you may download a complaint form,
fill it out, and send it back to us.
Thank you for your
interest in the Commission on Judicial Conduct.