You can complain if you’re unhappy with a judge, magistrate, tribunal member or coroner’s:

  • behaviour
  • language
  • conduct

You must make your complaint within 3 months.

The rules are different if you want to appeal against a court decision or sentence.

How to complain

There’s a different process for tribunals, magistrates’ courts and judges sitting in other courts.

Tribunals

Contact the Tribunal President for the tribunal you went to, eg employment tribunal or immigration tribunal.

Magistrates’ court

Contact the advisory committee for the area your court is in. You can ask a member of staff at court if you’re not sure which advisory committee to contact.

Judges sitting in other courts

This includes:

  • Crown Court judges
  • coroners
  • district judges

You can complain online on the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) website.

You can also download the form and post it to JCIO.

Judicial Conduct Investigations Office
81-82 Queens Building
Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
London
WC2A 2LL

If you’re not satisfied with how your complaint was dealt with

Contact the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman (JACO) if you’re unhappy with the way your complaint was handled.

You must contact JACO within 28 days of being notified that your complaint has been dealt with and closed.

Download and fill in a judicial conduct complaint form.

Send the form by email or post.

Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman
headofoffice@jaco.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3334 2900
Fax: 020 3334 2913

Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman
9.53, 9th Floor, the Tower
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ