Each State has its own procedures for filing complaints against judges. All states require a written and signed complaint. Some states have a form for you to fill out. Other States request a letter. Grievances of misconduct usually concern issues of conflict of interest or impartiality. Adverse rulings or judgments are not considered legitimate grievances.
Illinois Lawyer Judge Complaints
How to file complaints against Illinois Judges and Illinois lawyers?
Illinois Judge Complaints
Contact the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. To file a complaint about a judge in Illinois:
There is not a form for Illinois judge complaints.
Illinois Judicial Complaint Mailing Address
Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 14-500
Chicago, IL 60601
Illinois Lawyer Complaints
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission handles complaints about lawyers in Illinois. To file a complaint about a lawyer in Illinois: www.iardc.org
Lawyer Complaint Mailing Address
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
130 East Randolph Drive, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60601-6219
Complaints about Illinois Judges and Illinois Lawyers
You must support the complaint about the Illinois Judge with sufficient documentation. Contact the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.
Practicing law includes interviewing a client to identify the legal question, analyzing the question, researching relevant law, devising legal solutions to problems, and executing such solutions through specific tasks such as drafting a contract or filing a motion with a court. Most academic legal training is directed to identifying legal issues, researching facts and law, and arguing both the facts and law in favor of either side in any case. For several years, law schools have sent through far more students than new job openings have become available. This has often lead to attorneys (once they pass the bar) seeking work in other occupations, either by choice or by the lack of employment opportunities. This has led to a market in legal temps or contract attorneys, where attorneys spend a certain period of time working on tasks such as discovery for a case.
A judge is an official who presides over a court. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. In common law countries, such as the United States, and those with roots in the Commonwealth of Nations, judges have a number of powers which are not known to exist, or are not acknowledged to exist, in civil law legal systems, which collectively make the judiciary a more powerful political force than in civil law countries. One of these powers is the "contempt of court" power. In a common law system, a judge typically has the power to summarily punish with a fine or imprisonment any misconduct which takes place in the courtroom, and to similarly punish violations of the court's orders, after a hearing, when they take place outside the courtroom.
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Other degrees that are awarded include the Master of Laws LL.M. and the Doctor of Juridical Science J.S.D. or S.J.D. degrees, which can be more international in scope. Most law schools are colleges, schools, or other units within a larger post-secondary institution, such as a university. Legal education is very different in the United States from that in many other parts of the world.
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