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Filing a Complaint

Information courtesy of the Colorado Supreme Court web site, which can be found at www.coloradosupremecourt.com.

To file complaints alleging misconduct by a Judge (other than a magistrate or municipal court judge) please contact the Commission on Judicial Discipline at 303-894-2110. Complaints alleging misconduct by a magistrate or municipal court judge are filed with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel is authorized to investigate allegations of misconduct by:

1. Colorado Licensed Attorneys,
2. Colorado Magistrates,
3. Colorado Licensed Attorneys Serving as Municipal Court Judges,
4. Allegations of the Unauthorized Practice of Law,
5. Matters Related to an Applicant for Admission to the Colorado Bar, and
6. Matters Related to the Colorado Attorneys' Fund For Client Protection.

To file a complaint related to any of the above topics, you may contact the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel by calling (303) 866-6400, or toll free 1-877-888-1370. Please do not file a complaint in writing before contacting the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel by telephone. You will be informed if written information is helpful in evaluating your complaint. When you call the office regarding a complaint, you will be connected to the central intake division. A non-lawyer, support-staff person in the central intake division will initially question you regarding your allegations. The support-staff person may not provide legal advice or render an opinion regarding your complaint. Rather, your complaint will be assigned for investigation by an attorney in the central intake division. All of the attorneys working within the central intake division have extensive experience in the practice of law. Either the assigned attorney or a non-lawyer investigator will contact you regarding your complaint as soon as possible. Because of the number of complaints filed with the office, a delay of several days is possible. It is important to understand that Attorney Regulation Counsel cannot review a judicial decision made by a magistrate or judge. Additionally, the attorney assigned to your complaint does not represent you and cannot assist you in your legal matter. The jurisdiction of Regulation Counsel is limited to enforcement of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

When filing a complaint please have the following information available:

  • Your full name, address and phone number.
  • Attorney's full name, registration number, address, lawfirm, and phone number.
  • Date of occurance and date of your awareness.
  • Court location and case numbers (if you have a court case).

When filing a complaint please be aware that:

  • This office will NOT accept anonymous complaints.
  • The attorney in question can NOT retaliate against you.
  • Your grievance will require approximately 20 minutes to file.
  • The average processing time for complaints is 10 days to 2 weeks.