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Complaints about a judicial office holder


It is possible to complain about a judicial office holder such as a:

  • Judge
  • Coroner
  • Magistrate (sit in the magistrates' courts)
  • Tribunal member

To do so, you should contact the relevant authority as described below:

  • For complaints in relation to a judge or coroner, you should refer your complaint to the Office for Judicial Complaints by completing their online form.
  • If your complaint relates to a magistrate, you should initially contact your local advisory committee. The contact details of your local advisory committee may be found here. If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your complaint then you may refer it to the Office for Judicial Complaints (see below).
  • For complaints relating to a tribunal member, you should contact the relevant tribunal office. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint then you may refer it to the Office for Judicial Complaints (see below).

If you are unsure as to which type of judicial office the person involved holds, then ask your solicitor.

Note: Time limits apply to your complaint - you should make your complaint as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 12 months after the incident about which you wish to complain.

Visit the Office for Judicial Complaints for more information.