Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC)
The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 of the United Kingdom gives the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice joint responsibility for the system for considering and determining complaints about the personal conduct of all judicial office holders in England and Wales and some judicial office holders who sit in Tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) was set up on the April 3, 2006 to handle these complaints and provide advice and assistance to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice in the performance of their joint role.
The Office for Judicial Complaints does not deal with complaints about judicial decisions or about case management such as the type of sentence or whether a claim succeeds or not.
The complaints procedure varies for different types of judicial office-holders. The main types of judicial office-holder are:
1. Judges, including:
- Deputy District Judge - Civil/Family
- District Judge - Civil/Family
- Deputy District Judge - Magistrates' Court
- District Judge - Magistrates' Court
- Circuit Judge
- High Court Judge
- Lord Justice
- Tribunal Chambers President
3. Tribunal Members
The sort of conduct the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) may be able to deal with:
* Inappropriate behaviour and comments
* Misuse of judicial status (e.g. using judicial title for personal gain)
* Not fulfilling judicial duties (e.g. failing to meet sitting requirements)
* Criminal convictions
* Professional misconduct (e.g. findings by a professional body, such as the Bar Standards Board)
The official website of the Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) features the types of complaints that we can deal with, how the complaints system works, the role of the OJC and what to do if you are considering making a complaint about the personal conduct of a judicial office holder. It also contains a number of useful links to other organisations that may be able to help or assist you with your complaint.
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|Guide ID: 3171 - Last Updated: September 9, 2013