About the JCC

South Australia’s Judicial Conduct Commissioner was established to provide an independent, fair and transparent way to deal with complaints about judicial officers. Until now, most complaints about judicial officers were made to senior judges and there was no external process for dealing with them.

With the introduction of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, you can make a complaint about the conduct of a judicial officer and know that there is a clear and consistent process for the way that that complaint will be dealt with.

Who is the Judicial Conduct Commissioner?

Photo of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner the Hon. Bruce Lander QCSouth Australia’s first Judicial Conduct Commissioner is the Honourable Bruce Lander QC.

The Judicial Conduct Commissioner (the Commissioner) is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Judicial Conduct Commissioner Act 2015 (JCC Act).

The Commissioner is independent and is not subject to the direction of any person as to how he carries out his work.

Commissioner Lander was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 1969.

He practised as a solicitor until 1981 when he signed the Bar Roll. In 1986 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

In November 1994 he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia. He remained a Judge of that Court until he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 14 July 2003.

In January 2004 he was appointed an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. In December 2008 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.

In November 2005 he was appointed a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a term of five years and was reappointed in 2010 for a further term.

In April 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Flinders University for his contribution to the law and the university.

Bruce Lander resigned all his judicial appointments to take up his appointment as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) on 2 September 2013. His appointment as the Judicial Conduct Commissioner runs concurrently with his appointment as the ICAC.

What do we do?

We can deal with complaints about the conduct of serving judicial officers within the South Australian legal system.

When we receive a complaint we will conduct a preliminary examination and the Commissioner will decide what to do.

In conducting a preliminary examination, we might obtain court documents or request you or someone else to provide further information.

The Commissioner can:

The Commissioner cannot:

  • Receive and deal with complaints about conduct of serving judicial officers in the South Australian legal system
  • Deal with complaints about Federal judicial officers or judicial officers of other States or Territories
  • Conduct a preliminary examination of a complaint
  • Deal with complaints about former judicial officers
  • Obtain relevant court documents and require a person to provide information or documents
  • Investigate a complaint
  • Refer a complaint to the Office for Public Integrity or jurisdictional head
  • Conduct hearings
  • Recommend the Attorney-General appoint a judicial conduct panel
  • Issue or execute search warrants
  • Make a report to Parliament about the removal of a judicial officer
  • Challenge or question the legality or correctness of any instruction, direction, order, judgment, or other decision given or made by a judicial officer in relation to any legal proceedings
  • Dismiss a complaint or take no further action
  • Appoint or give directions to a judicial conduct panel
  • Punish, discipline, reprimand or remove judicial officers

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