12:235-10.5 Establishment of Commission on Judicial Performance
- (a) There is established a Commission on Judicial Performance to investigate complaints or reports referred by the Director concerning judicial conduct and to give advisory opinions, recommendations, and reports to the Director. The Division will provide necessary staff or other resources for the Commission. The Commission shall consist of nine members. The Director shall designate one member to serve as Chairperson and another member to serve as Vice Chairperson. At least two members shall be retired Judges of Compensation, not less than three members shall be members of the Bar, and not less than one, but no more than four members shall be laypersons who do not hold public office of any nature. The members shall be appointed by the Director for terms of two years and may be reappointed for such additional term or terms as the Director shall determine. Membership
- on the Commission shall terminate if a member is appointed or elected to public office or to any position considered by the Director to be incompatible with such service.
- (b) A quorum shall consist of five members of the Commission. No action of the Commission shall be valid unless concurred in by a majority of its membership. However, if the Commission finds cause and recommends to the Director the institution of formal proceedings which may lead to reprimand, suspension, or removal of the Judge, such recommendation shall be made only on the affirmative vote of five members of the Commission who have considered the record and at least three of whom were present at all proceedings at which evidence was produced. If not present at all proceedings, other voting members must have listened to the tape recordings or read transcripts of any missed proceedings.