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How do I complain about Judge?

Who can one complain to about a Judge? John

It depends of what your complaint is. If you are complaining about his or her interpretation of the Law in a particular case you may have a right to Appeal to a higher Court and ask that higher Court to reverse the decision.

If you are complaining about specific misconduct -  for example you say that one of the parties was related to the Judge and he or she were biased as a result,  there is provision under the Irish Constitution for both Houses of the Oireachtas to impeach a Judge. This procedure was recently started but not completed in the case of a former Circuit Court Judge Brian Curtin. If this is the nature of your complaint then you would have to talk to your local T.D.s and ask that the matter be raised in the Dail.

There is a lot of talk about a Judicial Complaints Commission being established where effectively there would be a Regulatory body for Judicial Conduct. No details have yet been published about this.

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