About the Institute of Judicial Conduct

On October 15, 1980, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, during the 96th US Congress Second Session, which convened on January 3, 1980, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, signed the “Judicial Councils Reform and Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980 (Act).” (1)  The Act ended voluntary unsupervised self-regulation and impeachment as the only two methods of controlling and disciplining the federal judges. It did so by authorizing any person to file a judicial conduct complaint against a federal judge or judges seeking to discipline the judge or judges. The Act authorizes the chief judge of the nation’s 13 Judicial Councils, and the Judicial Conference of the US, to conduct investigate the judges’ conduct and resolve the complaint.

The Institute of Judicial Conduct (“IJC”) is the leading fully independent authority on the nation’s federal judicial canons of reason, honesty and truth, conduct laws, and rules that relevant to the administration of the Act.  This is essential to provide any person with access to a fair, effective process to prosecution their judicial conduct complaints. Any delay in the process would be prejudicial to the complainant and 28 US Code Chapter 131 Section 2072(b) and FRCP Section 2017 Rule 1.

IJC is the nation’s only independent authority on the Act’s legislative history and the rules promulgated by the federal judges under the Act.  IJC is independent of the federal judges, the machinery at the Administrative Office of the US Courts, the Federal Judiciary Center and Federal Judicial Center Foundation.

IJC  is also independent of  the law professors that publish academic papers on the federal courts, and the policy organizations dedicated to  advocating federal judicial policy.

IJC is also independent on the members of the federal, state, and county bar associations, and the associations themselves. IJC is the nation’s only authority dedicated exclusively to investigations and research into the operation of the Act and the review, controls and regulations that apply to the presiding judge at the Judicial  Conference.

IJC’s origins date back to May 15, 2014 with the filing of a criminal complaint against a New York State judge. By May 15, 2020, IJC had been incorporated and IJC’s founder, Manuel P. Asensio, had filed the nation’s first judicial conduct and criminal indifference to civil rights complaint seeking to abrogate the DRE. The action was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the Judicial Council for the Second Circuit, and the Judicial Conference of the US.  The actions seeks to discipline chief justice of the US Supreme Court, John G. Roberts, Jr. for unauthorized use of the so-called “domestic relations [and domestic violence] exception [DRE] to federal subject matter jurisdiction”  and promulgating the false predicate that the DRE “is a legitimate judicial doctrine of deference to federalism in family law.”  In fact, the DRE is a scheme to  all Americans access to federal justice so that states can assert jurisdiction and govern speech, religious and political and moral beliefs, and other unassailable liberties and freedoms.


(1) Public Law 96–458 (S 1873), October 15, 1980, 94 Stat 2035, 18 USC. The “Judicial Council Reform and Judicial Conduct and Disability Act” of 1980 (US Code, Title 28 Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, Part I: Organization of Courts, Chapter 16, titled “Complaints against Judges and Judicial Discipline” [§§ 351–364]). The “Conferences and Councils of Judges Law” and the “21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act” enacted under Pub. L. 107-273 and incorporates the “Judicial Improvements Act of 2002,” which enacts USC Title 28 Chapter 16 and amends §§ 331, 332, 372, 375, and 604. For the legislative history, see H.R. Rep. 107-459 (2002).