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Judicial Conduct Committee

In 1973, New Hampshire was among the first states to adopt a code of judicial conduct that had been approved just a few months earlier by the American Bar Association. With that action, New Hampshire formally recognized that supervision over the conduct of judges is essential to sustain public confidence in the justice system. Since 1977, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has overseen the disciplinary process for judges through the Judicial Conduct Committee.

The Committee operates independently of the Supreme Court. To reach the JCC, contact:

Robert T. Mittelholzer, Esquire, Executive Secretary
Committee on Judicial Conduct
132 Chapel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 427-9295
Fax: (603) 427-9297
rmittelholzer@nhjcc.com

THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT

In 2011, the Supreme Court adopted the current version of Supreme Court Rule 38: Code of Judicial Conduct. The Code is intended to provide guidance and assist judges in maintaining the highest standards of judicial and personal conduct, and to provide a basis for regulating their conduct through the disciplinary process of the JCC, whose procedural rules are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 40.