Filing a Grievance

What happens when I file a grievance?


  • Filing a grievance triggers an initial review by our intake unit to determine if the grievance contains allegations of unethical conduct. 

  • If warranted, our office may initiate an investigation against the attorney or judicial officer who is the subject of the grievance.

  • As part of our investigation, we will ask the attorney or judicial officer who is the subject of the grievance to respond to the allegations.  After our investigation, we will notify you in writing of our determination.

  • An investigation of an attorney or judicial officer could take up to one year from the date we receive the grievance.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel does not:

  • Provide legal advice or representation;

  • Force your attorney to withdraw from your case;

  • Force your attorney to take a particular course of action in your case;

  • Refund the fees you have paid to an attorney;

  • Remove a judicial officer from presiding over your case;

  • Overturn a judicial officer's decision

Office of Disciplinary Counsel

The Supreme Court of Ohio

65 E. State Street, Suite 1510

Columbus, OH 43215

Toll Free: 1-800-589-5256

P: 614-387-9700

F: 614-387-9709