If the ACJC investigates a complaint and believes that the judge has violated the Judicial Code of Conduct, it may choose to discipline the judge privately. The private discipline would be a letter to the judge that says the ACJC has found wrongdoing and is issuing to the judge either:
The ACJC instead might recommend that the Supreme Court issue public discipline against the judge. Only the New Jersey Supreme Court may publicly discipline a judge. The ACJC could recommend:
The Committee, following an investigation, may privately discipline a judge it finds to have violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. Private discipline, in the form of a letter to the judge, may include one of the following private disciplinary actions:
The Committee, following its filing of a Formal Complaint against a judge and a formal public hearing, may recommend to the New Jersey Supreme Court one of the following public disciplinary actions:
Only the New Jersey Supreme Court may publicly discipline a judge.