The Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the Court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys.
The OAE assists and manages 18 district ethics committees and 17 district fee arbitration committees throughout the state. Additionally, the OAE itself handles serious, emergent and complex disciplinary prosecutions. The OAE also administers the Random Audit Compliance Program, which monitors the recordkeeping responsibilities of private practice law firms.
DRB database of disciplined attorneys
The DRB maintains a database of all attorneys disciplined since 1988. It is important to remember that some attorneys might share the same name. The DRB is not responsible for any coincidence in names of disciplined attorneys and other attorneys as a result of individuals having the same or similar names.
OAE Discipline Reports
Each quarter, the OAE publishes a list of attorneys who have been disciplined by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In addition, the OAE annual report contains the disciplinary history of each attorney who has been disciplined that year. It is important to remember that some attorneys might share the same name. The OAE is not responsible for any coincidence in names of disciplined attorneys and other attorneys as a result of individuals having the same or similar names.
Quarterly Discipline Reports
OAE Annual Reports
Find an OAE Disciplinary Hearing
Once a formal complaint of misconduct is filed against an attorney, the matter is scheduled for a formal public hearing. An updated public hearing list is published each month. The docket numbers begin with the number of the district that is handling the case. The OAE is district XIV. The last page of the report shows motions for discipline related to criminal charges filed against the attorneys.
Find a DRB Review Hearing
The DRB holds a public hearing for all cases in which the OAE recommends a sanction greater than admonition. The hearing is public.
How to Review an OAE Complaint File
Complaint files are available to the public.
- To make arrangements to view a complaint filed by a district ethics committee (Docket numbers starting with I through XIII), call the district secretary
- To make arrangements to view a complaint filed by the
Copy fees for public records:
Payment with a check or money order must be made in advance. Copies will be made available within seven business days after receipt of payment.