Form JD-GC-6 "Complaint Against Attorney (Grievance Complaint)" - Connecticut

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING OUT
THE COMPLAINT AGAINST ATTORNEY
FORM JD-GC-6
JD-GC-6 Rev. 9-12
Read these instructions before filling out and filing the form. You may also find useful
information in the pamphlet “Attorney Grievance Procedures in Connecticut,” which is available
at: http://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/gc008.pdf
1. Please fill out the form electronically. You can do that
hospital, psychiatric or medical records. The Complain-
online at http://www.jud.ct.gov/webforms/forms/gc006.pdf
ant must redact [black out parts of] the complaint and
and you can save it. If you cannot fill out the form online,
its attachments to remove any personal identifying
information. A Complainant who wants to file another
then fill it out by printing in ink only. If we cannot read
person's hospital, psychiatric or medical records must say
your complaint, it will be returned to you. Please keep a
copy of the complaint for your records.
in the complaint how the documents are relevant and will
help prove the complaint. The proposed hospital,
2. The form must be filled out in English.
psychiatric or medical records accompanying the
3. An original complaint form must be filed by each
complaint must be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled
complainant (the person making the complaint against the
“proposed hospital, psychiatric or medical records.” If the
attorney) and against each attorney.
complaint is forwarded to a grievance panel for
4. Please attach to your complaint copies of any documents
investigation under Section 2-32(a)(1) of the Connecticut
that are important to prove your complaint. Do not file
Practice Book, the grievance panel will review the
originals of the attachments (they will not be returned to
statement and follow Rule 1(I) of the Grievance Panel
you). Please do not highlight your attachments. Please
Rules of Procedure. If the Complainant is Disciplinary
do not send CDs or DVDs with your complaint.
Counsel, the Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide
Grievance Committee or a reviewing committee thereof,
5. Each complainant must file an original complaint and 6
or a Grievance Panel, then any records, including
copies of each complaint that is filed. This includes
hospital, psychiatric or medical records as well as records
attachments. Attachments must be attached to the
containing personal identifying information may be
original and each of the copies of the complaint. Each
included in the initial grievance complaint without an offer
complaint and set of attachments must be identical and
of proof. Materials that do not meet these requirements
put in the correct order. If the documents that are filed do
will be returned.
not meet these requirements, they will be returned to you.
Rule 1(H) and (I) of the Grievance Panel Rules of
6. Do not include personal identifying information or hospital,
Procedure:
psychiatric or medical records with your complaint.
“Personal Identifying Information” is defined in Section
H. Except for materials filed by Disciplinary Counsel, the
4-7(a) of the Connecticut Practice Book:
Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide Grievance
Committee or a reviewing committee thereof, or a
Personal identifying information means an individual's
Grievance Panel, no materials sent to the Grievance
date of birth; mother's maiden name; motor vehicle
Panel investigating the complaint, including, but not
operator's license number; Social Security number;
limited to the complaint and the answer shall include
other government issued identification number except
personal identifying information as defined by Section 4-7
for juris, license, permit or other business related
of the Connecticut Practice Book. The person filing any
identification numbers that are otherwise made
materials with personal identifying information must
available to the public directly by any government
redact them. The Grievance Panel or its counsel may
agency or entity; health insurance identification
redact materials that do not follow this rule.
number; or any financial account number, security
I. Except for materials filed by Disciplinary Counsel, the
code or personal identification number (PIN).
Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide Grievance
The use of personal identifying information and hospital,
Committee or a reviewing committee thereof, or a
psychiatric and medical records in grievance matters is
Grievance Panel, no materials sent to the Grievance
generally prohibited by the Statewide Grievance Committee
Panel investigating the complaint, including the complaint
and Grievance Panel Rules of Procedure:
and the answer, shall include hospital, psychiatric or
Rule 1(F) of the Statewide Grievance Committee
medical records. If a Complainant, Respondent or
Rules of Procedure:
Disciplinary Counsel pursuing the matter under Section
F. Grievance complaints filed with the Statewide
2-32(f) of the Connecticut Practice Book want to file a
Grievance Committee must be submitted on form JD-
hospital, psychiatric or medical record with the Grievance
GC-6 and must contain an original and six copies. Any
Panel, then the record(s) must be filed in a sealed
attachments must be properly collated and attached to
envelope, that has the case name and number and the
the original and each copy of the complaint. Grievance
name of the person filing it written on the envelope. The
complaints and their attachments must not include
record(s) must be accompanied by a written statement
explaining how the material(s) is relevant and how it will
personal identifying information as defined by Section 4-7
(a) of the Connecticut Practice Book or another person's
help prove the complaint or a defense to the complaint.
Instructions page 1
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING OUT
THE COMPLAINT AGAINST ATTORNEY
FORM JD-GC-6
JD-GC-6 Rev. 9-12
Read these instructions before filling out and filing the form. You may also find useful
information in the pamphlet “Attorney Grievance Procedures in Connecticut,” which is available
at: http://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/gc008.pdf
1. Please fill out the form electronically. You can do that
hospital, psychiatric or medical records. The Complain-
online at http://www.jud.ct.gov/webforms/forms/gc006.pdf
ant must redact [black out parts of] the complaint and
and you can save it. If you cannot fill out the form online,
its attachments to remove any personal identifying
information. A Complainant who wants to file another
then fill it out by printing in ink only. If we cannot read
person's hospital, psychiatric or medical records must say
your complaint, it will be returned to you. Please keep a
copy of the complaint for your records.
in the complaint how the documents are relevant and will
help prove the complaint. The proposed hospital,
2. The form must be filled out in English.
psychiatric or medical records accompanying the
3. An original complaint form must be filed by each
complaint must be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled
complainant (the person making the complaint against the
“proposed hospital, psychiatric or medical records.” If the
attorney) and against each attorney.
complaint is forwarded to a grievance panel for
4. Please attach to your complaint copies of any documents
investigation under Section 2-32(a)(1) of the Connecticut
that are important to prove your complaint. Do not file
Practice Book, the grievance panel will review the
originals of the attachments (they will not be returned to
statement and follow Rule 1(I) of the Grievance Panel
you). Please do not highlight your attachments. Please
Rules of Procedure. If the Complainant is Disciplinary
do not send CDs or DVDs with your complaint.
Counsel, the Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide
Grievance Committee or a reviewing committee thereof,
5. Each complainant must file an original complaint and 6
or a Grievance Panel, then any records, including
copies of each complaint that is filed. This includes
hospital, psychiatric or medical records as well as records
attachments. Attachments must be attached to the
containing personal identifying information may be
original and each of the copies of the complaint. Each
included in the initial grievance complaint without an offer
complaint and set of attachments must be identical and
of proof. Materials that do not meet these requirements
put in the correct order. If the documents that are filed do
will be returned.
not meet these requirements, they will be returned to you.
Rule 1(H) and (I) of the Grievance Panel Rules of
6. Do not include personal identifying information or hospital,
Procedure:
psychiatric or medical records with your complaint.
“Personal Identifying Information” is defined in Section
H. Except for materials filed by Disciplinary Counsel, the
4-7(a) of the Connecticut Practice Book:
Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide Grievance
Committee or a reviewing committee thereof, or a
Personal identifying information means an individual's
Grievance Panel, no materials sent to the Grievance
date of birth; mother's maiden name; motor vehicle
Panel investigating the complaint, including, but not
operator's license number; Social Security number;
limited to the complaint and the answer shall include
other government issued identification number except
personal identifying information as defined by Section 4-7
for juris, license, permit or other business related
of the Connecticut Practice Book. The person filing any
identification numbers that are otherwise made
materials with personal identifying information must
available to the public directly by any government
redact them. The Grievance Panel or its counsel may
agency or entity; health insurance identification
redact materials that do not follow this rule.
number; or any financial account number, security
I. Except for materials filed by Disciplinary Counsel, the
code or personal identification number (PIN).
Statewide Bar Counsel, the Statewide Grievance
The use of personal identifying information and hospital,
Committee or a reviewing committee thereof, or a
psychiatric and medical records in grievance matters is
Grievance Panel, no materials sent to the Grievance
generally prohibited by the Statewide Grievance Committee
Panel investigating the complaint, including the complaint
and Grievance Panel Rules of Procedure:
and the answer, shall include hospital, psychiatric or
Rule 1(F) of the Statewide Grievance Committee
medical records. If a Complainant, Respondent or
Rules of Procedure:
Disciplinary Counsel pursuing the matter under Section
F. Grievance complaints filed with the Statewide
2-32(f) of the Connecticut Practice Book want to file a
Grievance Committee must be submitted on form JD-
hospital, psychiatric or medical record with the Grievance
GC-6 and must contain an original and six copies. Any
Panel, then the record(s) must be filed in a sealed
attachments must be properly collated and attached to
envelope, that has the case name and number and the
the original and each copy of the complaint. Grievance
name of the person filing it written on the envelope. The
complaints and their attachments must not include
record(s) must be accompanied by a written statement
explaining how the material(s) is relevant and how it will
personal identifying information as defined by Section 4-7
(a) of the Connecticut Practice Book or another person's
help prove the complaint or a defense to the complaint.
Instructions page 1
(1) The Grievance Panel and its counsel will
7.
In answering question 2 on the complaint form, give the
determine whether the written statement of the person
name of the attorney, not a law firm who you are making
who filed the hospital, psychiatric or medical record(s)
the complaint against. It will help us identify the attorney
establishes that the material(s) is relevant and will
named in your complaint if you give us the attorney's juris
help prove the complaint or a defense to the
(bar identification) number. You can find an attorney's
complaint. If the written statement does not
juris number at the Judicial Branch website at:
demonstrate why the hospital, psychiatric or medical
http://www.jud.ct.gov under Attorneys.
record(s) is relevant and how it will help prove the
8.
In answering question 5 on the complaint form, you can
complaint or a defense to the complaint, the record(s)
look up a civil or family matter at:
will be returned to the person who filed them, and no
http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/. You can look up a criminal
copy will be kept as part of the Grievance Panel's
matter at: http://www.jud.ct.gov/crim.htm.
record.
9.
If you answer “Yes” to question 8 on the complaint form,
(2) If the written statement establishes that the
please attach all bills and requests for payment from the
attorney and proof of the amount you have paid. Please
hospital, psychiatric or medical record(s) is relevant
be sure to attach to the complaint a copy of any fee
and will help prove the complaint or a defense to the
agreement that you had with the attorney.
complaint, then the Grievance Panel will review the
record(s) with its counsel in private. If upon review of
10. Please remember to sign your complaint in blue ink.
the record, the Grievance Panel determines that the
Unsigned complaints will be returned to you. The
record(s) is not relevant despite the written statement
complaint must be signed by the Complainant or the
Complainant's legal representative (for example:
of the person filing it, then the record(s) will be retuned
attorneys and those with powers of attorney). If a
and no copy will be kept as part of the Grievance
complaint is signed by a legal representative, please
Panel's record.
attach proof of that representation to the complaint (for
(3) If after reviewing the record(s) in accordance with
example: a letter of representation or signed power of
attorney). Grievance Counsel do not have to provide
subsection (2), the Grievance Panel determines that
proof of representation when filing complaints on behalf
the that the record(s) is relevant but more harmful or
of Grievance Panels. If a complaint is filed by a parent or
prejudicial than helpful in proving the complaint or a
legal guardian on behalf of a minor child, the person
defense to the complaint, then the record(s) will be
named as the Complainant should be the parent or legal
returned to the person who filed them, and no copy of
guardian and the complaint should be signed by the
it will be kept as part of the Grievance Panel's record.
parent or legal guardian.
If the Grievance Panel decides that the record(s) is
11. Copying and filing the complaint. If you downloaded and
relevant and that it is more helpful in proving the
filled out the complaint form online, then copy the
complaint or a defense to the complaint than harmful
complaint and attachments only (not the instructions) 6
or prejudicial, then it will become a part of the
times. If you filled out the complaint form by hand,
Grievance Panel record and Grievance Counsel will
remove the complaint from the instructions along the
give a copy of it to the other participants.
perforated edge, then copy all sides of the complaint and
attachments only (not the instructions) 6 times. Mail the
Nothing in this rule prevents a Complainant, Respondent,
original complaint and 6 copies to: Statewide Bar
Disciplinary Counsel or a witness from raising an objection
Counsel, Statewide Grievance Committee, 287 Main
to the use of any hospital, psychiatric or medical record.
Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2, East Hartford, CT 06118-1885.
Instructions page 2
COMPLAINT AGAINST ATTORNEY
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
ADA NOTICE
(GRIEVANCE COMPLAINT)
JUDICIAL BRANCH
The Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut complies
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need a
www.jud.ct.gov
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reasonable accommodation in accordance with the ADA,
P.B. § 2-32(a)
contact a court clerk or an ADA contact person listed at
www.jud.ct.gov/ADA.
Read the Instructions for this complaint before
After filling out this complaint, mail the original and 6 copies of it to:
filling it out. Complaints that are not filled out
Statewide Bar Counsel
correctly will be returned to you.
Statewide Grievance Committee
287 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2
East Hartford, CT 06118-1885
1.
Complainant's (person making complaint against attorney) Information. A separate complaint form must be
filled out for each Complainant.
Name (First, Middle, Last)
Mr.
Mrs.
Ms.
(Other)
Address
Telephone number
Email address (optional)
2.
Information about the attorney you are making a complaint against. Do not name a law firm. A separate
complaint form must be filled out for each attorney you are complaining about.
Name (First, Middle, Last)
Address
Telephone number
Attorney's juris number (if known)
Email address (if known)
3.
Explain how you are connected to the attorney.
to
I hired/retained the attorney. Dates of representation:
The court appointed the attorney to represent me. Date attorney was appointed by the court:
The court appointed the attorney to represent my children. Date attorney was appointed by the court:
The attorney represented the other side against me in a matter.
The attorney was the prosecutor in my criminal case.
Other. Explain:
4.
Have you ever filed a complaint against this attorney with the Statewide Grievance Committee?
Yes. Give the name and grievance number of each complaint that you have filed:
No
5.
Please give the information asked for below if your complaint is about the attorney's conduct in a lawsuit or a
criminal case.
Name of lawsuit or criminal case
Docket number
Courthouse location
Your connection to the lawsuit or criminal case (for example: plaintiff, defendant, witness)
Do Not Write in This Area — For Statewide Bar Counsel Use Only
File Date:
Complaint number:
Referred to:
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6.
Please explain the type of legal work done by the attorney in the matter that led to this complaint. Check all that
apply.
Criminal law
Family law/Divorce
Personal injury/Wrongful death/Malpractice
Personal real estate matter
Business or corporate matter
Estate planning/Elder law/Probate
Workers' compensation
General civil claims
Immigration matter
Arbitration or mediation
Collection matter
Other. (Explain)
7.
Please explain what kind of complaint this is. Check all that apply. You must still explain your complaint in
detail in question 10.
Neglect, diligence or competence issues
Misused funds or other property
Charged too high a fee
Did not safeguard money or property
Did not return records
Confidentiality issues
Fraud or misrepresentation issues
Conflict of interest
Communication issues
Did not obey a court order
Improper withdrawal
Did not pay a judgment
Harassment
Other. (Explain)
8.
Have you paid the attorney any legal fees for the matter complained about or has any other person paid the
attorney any legal fees for the matter for you?
Yes. Amount the attorney charged you:
Amount paid to the attorney by you or by another person for you:
The matter involved a contingency fee that has not been paid.
No.
Attach a copy of the fee agreement to this complaint.
9.
Give a list of all witnesses that have information about your complaint. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
Name (First, Middle, Last)
Telephone number
Address
Name (First, Middle, Last)
Telephone number
Address
Name (First, Middle, Last)
Telephone number
Address
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10. Give the details of your complaint in the order that they happened. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
11. Sign and date this complaint below. Please use blue ink.
Signature of Complainant
Date signed
Signed under penalties
of false statement,
Be sure to read paragraph 11 of the Instructions before copying and filing your complaint.
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