Overview

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio consists of 28 members who are appointed to three-year terms by the Court. The members consist of 17 attorneys, seven active or retired judges and four non-attorney members.

The Board conducts hearings, preserves the record, makes findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court in disciplinary cases involving ethical misconduct charges brought against Ohio attorneys and judges. These cases include formal charges of misconduct alleged to have been committed by a judge, an attorney, a person under suspension from the practice of law or currently on probation. The Board also hears cases concerning the mental illness of any judge or attorney and hears petitions for reinstatement to the practice of law filed by suspended attorneys.

The Board issues nonbinding advisory opinions on ethical questions.

The Board is the appropriate ethics agency for receiving Financial Disclosure Statements filed annually by judges, judicial candidates and other judicial officers.