The process for holding judges–and other court factotum–accountable is via complaints in federal court for due process violations. A judge who does not respond is in default, and further action can be taken.
Here is an example of a current case, with a family court judge whose due process violations we have written about here at the FCVFC website.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
[Name Redacted], Plaintiff
JANE GALLINA MECCA, Defendant
I, [Name redacted], being duly sworn, state as follows:
- I am the Pro Se Plaintiff in the above-entitled action and I am familiar with the file, records and pleadings in this matter.
- The summons and complaint were filed on November 23, 2021.
- An answer to the complaint was due on December 22, 2021. No response was served within the allowed time by law nor has the Defendant sought additional time within which to respond.
- The default of Defendant was entered on ______.
- As required by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003, I have confirmed that the Defendant is not currently in active military service.
- To my best information and belief, Defendant is not an infant or incompetent person.
- The claims of Plaintiff are for: (1) Violation of the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment (5 CFR § 732/301); (2) Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights – Retaliation (42 U.S.C. § 1983); and (3) Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights – Retaliation – Freedom of Speech (42 U.S.C. § 1983). Plaintiff seeks three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) in damages.
As you can see, the damages against this judge amount to 3 million dollars.
We plan to keep you apprised of this case as it unfolds.
Jill Jones Soderman