Illinois: bill would require judges announce daily & clerks must post in courtrooms that a complaint can be filed against the judge with the judicial disciplinary commission

A bill introduced last week in the Illinois House would require judges make an announcement on a daily basis in their court about the existence of the state’s judicial disciplinary body (thanks to a Gavel to Gavel reader for the pointer).

HB 3054 as filed contains 3 elements

  1. All Circuit Judges must announce that a person can file a complaint against him or her with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board prior to calling the first case of the day.
  2. The Clerk of the Circuit Court must make a Judicial Inquiry Board complaint form with instructions available.
  3. The Clerk must also post within each courtroom a notice that a person may file a complaint against the judge and that instructions for filing a complaint may be obtained from the clerk.

The posting requirement is similar to a 2008 Tennessee bill (HB 3906 / SB 4053) although that version would have placed the notice just outside the courtroom. The Tennessee plan was introduced but never taken up in either chamber.

Illinois HB 3054 has been filed in the House Rules Committee.