Under our Constitution, the American people must look to the Congress to protect them from Federal judges who are unfit to hold high office because of serious misconduct that has violated the public trust.
The congressional power of impeachment constitutes an important aspect of the various checks and balances that were built into the Constitution to preserve the separation of powers. It is a tool, entrusted to the House and Senate alone, to remove government officials in the other branches of government, who either abuse their power or engage in conduct that warrants their dismissal from an office of public trust.
The question of what conduct by a Federal judge constitutes an impeachable offense has evolved to the position where the focus is now on public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. When a judge’s conduct calls into questions his or her integrity or impartiality, Congress must consider whether impeachment and removal of the judge from office is necessary to protect the integrity of the judicial branch and uphold the public trust.
The congressional power of impeachment constitutes an important aspect of the various checks and balances that were built into the Constitution to preserve the separation of powers.
Complaint of Judicial Misconduct:
Holding Federal Judges Accountable
Any person alleging that a judge has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts may file with the clerk of the court of appeals for the circuit a written complaint containing a brief statement of the facts constituting such conduct.
Overcoming Potential Obstacles to Holding Federal Judges Accountable: One Rotten Judicial Apple at a Time
The following language from the House Report accompanying the Judge Walter L. Nixon, Jr., and Samuel B. Kent Articles of Impeachment aptly sets out the core principles underlying and justifying Impeachment:
How to Initiate an Impeachment Proceeding
This article briefly discusses the potential grounds for impeachment of a federal judge, identifies the persons who may initiate the impeachment process, and provides an overview of how to initiate…
Impeachment of Federal Judges: Accountability Requires Consequences
Federal judges, similar to kindergarteners, must face consequences when they behave badly. Currently federal judges, unlike kindergarteners, do not face any meaningful consequences for their wrongdoing.