Pleadings in Public Cases
Public cases are matters in which the Disciplinary Counsel has filed formal charges against a judge. Formal charges are filed after the Disciplinary Counsel has completed a full investigation of the complaint, and the Board of Judicial Conduct's Investigative Panel has reviewed and approved the Disciplinary Counsel’s recommendation to file formal charges.
Once formal charges are filed against a judge, the matter becomes open to the public. The court filings for formal charges against judges are below.
BELL, JOHN. A
Formal charges filed October 13, 2009
DARBY, RONALD E.
Formal charges filed March 25, 2009
Formal charges filed September 21, 2009
TAYLOR, JAMES F.
Formal charges filed March 29, 2011
TAYLOR, JAMES F.
Formal charges filed January 24, 2012
ROBILIO, KAY SPAULDING
Formal charges filed May 14, 2013
DONALD, JOHN A.
Formal charges filed October 2, 2013
BALLEW, LU ANN
Formal charges filed October 23, 2013
Public Disciplinary Actions
A public disciplinary action, such as a public reprimand or public censure, is a finding by the Board of Judicial Conduct that a judge or justice violates a rule of judicial conduct.
A public reprimand is a letter that details the finding of judicial misconduct and lists reasons why such conduct is improper and a discredit to the judiciary.
A public censure is also a letter that details the findings of judicial misconduct, but is stronger than a public reprimand. A public censure may also includes a requirement that a judge or justice follow a specified course of corrective action.
The following list includes all public disciplinary actions against judges since 2008.
Gasaway, John - July 2, 2012
Houston, Johnny D. - June 25, 2012
Randolph, Sheridan C. - June 18, 2012
Smith, Jimmy C. - April 9, 2012
Bell, John A. - February 27, 2012
Jackson, A. Andrew - January 30, 2012
Moon, Jr., Robert L. - January 9, 2012