Judges: privilege, power and punishment
The State of Tennessee has a procedure for reporting lousy judges
By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
Putnam Pit editor
NASHVILLE, Tenn -- Psst. Want to turn in a rotten judge? It can be real fun, especially if the judge is pompous and lectures a lot.
You can easily make trouble for an incompetent or unethical judge, although there is no guarantee anyone will do anything about it. Because, of course, the judiciary is in charge of disciplining its own, and wherever any group polices itself, there is a conflict of interest. Judges are no different, even though they have a high-falutin name like "Court of the Judiciary." Names are easy to come by. Harder is integrity in government. Yet if you don't complain, there is absolutely no hope. You monitor the judges; we'll monitor the process.
The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary was created by the legislature to:
Here is the process you can undergo to tell the truth about judges who fail to live up to a standard of performance acceptable to you. If you are not satisfied with your experience with the Court of the Judiciary, e-mail The Pit at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll investigate the problem.
TO GET FORMS:
If it seems to you that a judge has violated The Code of Judicial Conduct, you may acquire a form by calling or writing The Administrative Office of The Courts, 511 Union Ave., Suite 1400, Nashville City Center, Nashville, TN 37243-0607. The telephone number is (615) 741-2687.
The complaint must be typed or legibly hand printed, according to the court's brochure.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT:
You may file your written complaint with The Presiding Judge, Court of the Judiciary, 511 Union St., Suite 1600, Nashville City Center, Nashville, Tenn. 37243-0607.