The Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) was created in 1974 to assist the Supreme Court by investigating allegations of unethical judicial conduct and by referring to the Court those matters that the Committee considers to require public disciplinary action. The composition and procedures of the Committee are set forth in Rule 2:15.
All records of and investigations conducted by the ACJC's staff are confidential in accordance with Court Rule 2:15-20. Confidentiality ceases only if and when the ACJC decides that there is probable cause for the imposition of public discipline and issues a formal complaint requiring the judge to answer and appear at a public hearing. Proceedings from the formal complaint on are no longer confidential.