Attorneys who become judges of courts of record should contact the State Bar at AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov to ensure that the State Bar records are updated appropriately. Be prepared to submit a copy of the Oath of Office upon request.
Some other judicial officers may qualify for a waiver of annual fees pursuant to Rules of the State Bar of California, Title 2, Division 2, Rule 2.16 (C)(3)(a), which provides a waiver if the attorney serves full time as a magistrate, commissioner or referee for a state or federal court of record. Use the fee waiver application form to apply for the judicial fee waiver.
Judges also have to inform the State Bar when they retire from the bench, whether or not they go back into active practice, become inactive or stop practicing law entirely. To report a change, contact the State Bar at AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov.
Officers of the court, including judges, have a duty to report attorneys who engage in professional misconduct. Judicial officers should use the discipline referral form to report an attorney.
Read more about attorney conduct and discipline and how to report an attorney.
Judges are subject to ethical guidelines as well as attorneys. The State Bar features resources that promote awareness and understanding of ethics, including rules, statutes, advisory ethics opinions and court policies that affect judges.
If you have other questions about judges, contact the State Bar at AttorneyRegulation@calbar.ca.gov.