Q: Who may file a complaint?
A: Any individual or group with knowledge of possible circuit court clerk misconduct or wrongdoing may file a complaint.
Q: Are complaints treated confidentially?
A: The rules governing the Commission require confidentiality during the investigation process. Note: If it appears that the complaint states facts which, if true, would constitute official misconduct or otherwise improper conduct, a copy of the complaint (including the name of the complainant) will be provided to the circuit court clerk under investigation. The circuit court clerk will also receive a written statement that no retaliation shall be taken against the complainant.
Q: What are types of circuit court clerk misconduct?
A: The following types of circuit court clerk misconduct may lead to disciplinary actions. This list is not all-inclusive.
- Misconduct in office.
- Professional incompetence.
- Habitual intemperance.
- Refusal or failure to perform required duties.
- Refusal or failure to conform to Supreme Court policies and directives.
- Felony charge or indictment.
- Conviction of a crime.