28 U.S.C. § 352 Review of Complaint By Chief Judge

LibraryUnited States Statutes
CurrencyCurrent through P.L. 118-34 (published on www.congress.gov on 12/26/2023), except for [P. L. 118-31]
Citation28 U.S.C. § 352

(a) EXPEDITIOUS REVIEW; LIMITED INQUIRY.-The chief judge shall expeditiously review any complaint received under section 351(a) or identified under section 351(b). In determining what action to take, the chief judge may conduct a limited inquiry for the purpose of determining-

(1) whether appropriate corrective action has been or can be taken without the necessity for a formal investigation; and

(2) whether the facts stated in the complaint are either plainly untrue or are incapable of being established through investigation.

For this purpose, the chief judge may request the judge whose conduct is complained of to file a written response to the complaint. Such response shall not be made available to the complainant unless authorized by the judge filing the response. The chief judge or his or her designee may also communicate orally or in writing with the complainant, the judge whose conduct is complained of, and any other person who may have knowledge of the matter, and may review any transcripts or other relevant documents. The chief judge shall not undertake to make findings of fact about any matter that is reasonably in dispute.

(b) ACTION BY CHIEF JUDGE FOLLOWING REVIEW.-After expeditiously reviewing a complaint under subsection (a), the chief judge, by written order stating his or her reasons, may-

(1) dismiss the complaint-

(A) if the chief judge finds the complaint to be-

(i) not in conformity with section 351(a);

(ii) directly related to the merits of a decision or procedural ruling; or

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