REMOVAL OF JUDGES
Section 5.26. Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities shall consist of one
judge of the Intermediate Appellate Court, one judge of the
Superior Court, one judge of the District Court, one lay member,
and one lawyer member. The Court of Appeals shall appoint the
judicial members. The governor shall appoint the lay and lawyer
members from among the qualified voters of the State. The term
of each member shall be four years, but the General Assembly
shall prescribe by law shorter terms for the three judicial mem-
bers and one of the other members first appointed, in order to
establish overlapping terms of office. A vacancy on the Commis-
sion shall be filled for the remainder of the term. No member
shall receive compensation for his service.
Section 5.27. Powers of Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities shall have the power to
investigate complaints against any judge, to conduct hearings con-
cerning the removal or retirement of a judge, to administer oaths
and affirmations, to issue process to compel the attendance of
witnesses and the production of evidence, and to require persons
to testify and produce evidence by granting them immunity from
prosecution or from penalty or forfeiture. The Commission shall
have the power to recommend to the Court of Appeals the
removal or retirement of a judge. All proceedings, testimony,
and evidence before the Commission shall be confidential and
privileged, except that the record of any proceeding filed with
the Court of Appeals shall lose its confidential character. The
Court of Appeals shall prescribe by rule the means to implement
and enforce the powers of the Commission.
Section 5.28. Procedures of Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities shall act only upon
the concurrence of a majority of its members. The Commission
shall elect one of its members as chairman. Practice and pro-
cedure before the Commission shall be prescribed by rule.