Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study. (SJ27)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Irene Shin (D-Herndon), and Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; JLARC; Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to, by November 30, 2023, (i) review general operations of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, including (a) procedures and persons responsible for reviewing complaints received and determining whether to dismiss or investigate such complaints, (b) processes for determining whether to conduct informal or formal hearings, and (c) any informal or established rules used to determine disciplinary action imposed on a judge or justice; (ii) consider the requirements for election of members of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission and determine whether (a) the current number of members and (b) the qualifications of members elected are adequate to ensure proper judicial oversight and accountability; (iii) identify areas of weakness and potential areas of improvement; (iv) research best practices for judicial accountability and discipline; (v) provide recommendations to increase transparency, eliminate actual or perceived bias, increase efficiency and establish deadlines or specific timeframes for resolving complaints, provide effective interventions prior to the need for disciplinary action, and establish rules surrounding the types of disciplinary actions taken and when to take specific disciplinary action; and (vi) keep confidential all records, transcripts, papers, investigatory notes, files, or other confidential information provided by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102352D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Rules
01/28/2022Reported from Rules with substitute
01/28/2022Committee substitute printed 22105487D-S1
01/31/2022Reading waived (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2022Read second time
02/01/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105487D-S1
02/01/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ27S1
02/02/2022Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Rules
02/25/2022Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)
03/08/2022Left in Rules