Board of Judicial Conduct (BJC)
About the Board of Judicial Conduct
The Board of Judicial Conduct was created by the legislature to investigate and, when warranted, act on complaints against judges. Members are appointed by multiple appointing authorities, including the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and various judicial conferences.
Board of Judicial Conduct Rules
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.
Order of Interim Suspension filed August 10, 2016
Formal charges filed March 11, 2015
BALLEW, LU ANN
Formal charges filed October 23, 2013
DONALD, JOHN A.
Formal charges filed October 2, 2013
ROBILIO, KAY SPAULDING
Formal charges filed May 14, 2013
TAYLOR, JAMES F.
Formal charges filed January 24, 2012
TAYLOR, JAMES F.
Formal charges filed March 29, 2011
BELL, JOHN. A
Formal charges filed October 13, 2009
Formal charges filed September 21, 2009
DARBY, RONALD E.
Formal charges filed March 25, 2009
Board of Judicial Conduct Reports
The Board of Judicial Conduct, as mandated by Tenn. Code Ann. § 17-5-207, has provided statistical data for the number of filings and dispositions handled by the Board.
Court of the Judiciary Reports
The Court of the Judiciary ceased to exist June 30, 2012, and was replaced by the Board of Judicial Conduct. Monthly and quarterly reports on filings and dispositions occurring after June 30, 2012, may be accessed at Board of Judicial Conduct Reports above.
Public Disciplinary Actions
A public disciplinary action, such as a public reprimand or public censure, is a finding by the Court of Judiciary that a judge or justice violates a rule of judicial conduct.