Judicial Disqualification Resource Center

State Law

 In every American jurisdiction – including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as the 50 states and the District of Columbia – judges are expected to disqualify themselves in a situation where good cause for doing so exists. But the law which governs judicial disqualification varies considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Some states have constitutional provisions and/or court rules which may apply in a situation where a judge’s disqualification is sought. Others have statues – sometimes comprehensive statutory schemes – governing the subject of judicial disqualification. A few states have no judicial disqualification provisions as such; however, disqualification may usually be sought in accordance with the state’s code of judicial conduct.

We have compiled a list of the laws regarding judicial disqualification for all of the 50 statu.s. stateses within sidebar to the right.

Just click on the name of the state you’re searching for, and you will be redirected to the appropriate page.