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Frequently Asked Questions - General

Judges are required the follow rules of conduct and laws established to ensure that the judicial powers of this state are administered effectively and fairly. Those requirements of conduct are primarily found in the Oklahoma Constitution, the Oklahoma Statutes, the Oklahoma Code of Judicial Conduct, Opinions of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel, Court Rules and Court Opinions which have interpreted any of these authorities. A violation of any of these authorities could constitute misconduct. Decisions that are within the authority of the Judge and are subject to appeal are generally not misconduct, even though they may seem to fly in the face of the evidence, be a misapplication of the law, or be based on perjured testimony. Appeal, if available, may be the only remedy for such decisions.

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Any person who exercises judicial power pursuant to the Oklahoma Constitution.  Included are all State Judges, Appellate and Trial levels, all Municipal Judges, all State Administrative Judges and Hearing Officers, and members of Boards and Commissions when acting in a judicial capacity. Excluded are Attorneys, Federal Judges, Tribal Judges, police officers and other government officials and employees who may work with an included judge but are not supervised by the judge and do not exercise judicial powers.

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Any person may file a complaint concerning the conduct of any Oklahoma Judicial Officer. The complainant does not need to be an Oklahoma resident, does not need to be a party to a proceeding before the Judge or be related in any way to the alleged misconduct.

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