0N-5-9 Qualifications commission.
The Legislature shall provide by law for the
establishment of a judicial qualifications commission which have such powers as the Legislature
may provide, including the power to investigate complaints against any justice or judge and to
conduct confidential hearings concerning the removal or involuntary retirement of a justice or
judge. The Supreme Court shall prescribe by rule the means to implement and enforce the powers
of the commission. On recommendation of the judicial qualifications commission the Supreme
Court, after hearing, may censure, remove or retire a justice or judge for action which constitutes
willful misconduct in office, willful and persistent failure to perform his duties, habitual
intemperance, disability that seriously interferes with the performance of the duties or conduct
prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings a judicial office into disrepute. No justice
or judge shall sit in judgment in any hearing involving his own removal or retirement.
History: Section proposed by SL 1972, ch 2, approved Nov. 7, 1972.