LFC Comments: We asked for and received from the Lake County Board of Elections the Ohio Annual Campaign Finance Reports for Judge O’Donell, Judge Lawson, Judge Falkowski, Judge Culotta, Judge Condon, Judge Bartolotta, and Prosecutor Coulson. We are working on the reports for Judge Lucci. Since he is running for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, he filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Did you know that the average citizen can file a compliant against a judge?
You should also be aware that if you file a complaint against a judge, you are not allowed to tell anyone. Our lips are sealed!
Here is a link to a website that gives you instructions on how to file a complaint against a judge:
- Ohio’s Office of Disciplinary Council handles complaints against both attorneys and judges.
- If you believe a judge has violated ethical standards you may choose to file a complaint with:
- Office of Disciplinary Counsel 250 Civic Center Drive, Ste 325 Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411 Phone: 614-461-0256 Toll Free: 800-589-5256
- Ohio State Bar Association 1700 Lake Shore Drive P.O. Box 16562 Columbus, Ohio 43216 Phone: 614-487-2050 Toll Free: 800-282-6556
- An approved bar association List of local bar associations; You may also call the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline at (614) 387-9370 for addresses and phone numbers of approved local bar associations.
- You do not need an attorney to make an ethical complaint, you can do so on your own.
- Your complaint must be in writing. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has a grievance form available online.
- Complaints cannot be made anonymously. The parties against whom you file a complaint are entitled to receive a copy of your grievance.
- However, the investigation conducted by the Disciplinary Counsel is kept confidential from the public. As a complainant, you are asked to keep your complaint confidential as well. The complaint remains confidential until it has been certified by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline.