As a judge, you could use someone to talk to who understands the emotions that occur on and off the bench.
We hear you!
The Judicial Advisory Group (JAG) is a peer-based confidential assistance group that helps judges with personal and professional issues.
JAG helps OLAP:
Screen referrals regarding judges to be sure they represent genuine concerns
Respond to judges who need help in ways that address the demands of judges’ responsibilities and positions.
OLAP and JAG help judges in several areas:
Issues of judicial temperament and diligence that on their face do not rise to disciplinary violations
Burnout, stress, and other debilitating conditions
Depression or other mental health issues
Alcohol and substance abuse
OLAP and JAG provide help. They assist judges with:
Assessment and diagnosis by qualified professionals
Participation in an OLAP recovery contract
Referrals to appropriate treatment
Referrals to appropriate professional help, counseling or training
Advice and mentoring from senior colleagues
JAG is not a substitute for discipline
OLAP/JAG helps judges with issues that may have caused or could cause disciplinary issues. Any assistance provided is entirely independent of possible disciplinary proceedings.
A referral to OLAP/JAG does not discharge the duty of a judge or an attorney to report a disciplinary violation.
If a referrer describes actions that may amount to misconduct, OLAP/JAG may remind the referrer of the duty to report and provide contact information for attorneys who can provide legal advice in the area.
If OLAP/JAG has information concerning a judge who is being helped that indicates the judge may have engaged in misconduct, OLAP/JAG will encourage the judge to contact an attorney and take other steps to resolve that issue on his or her own initiative.
Concerned about a judge?
If a judge seems to need help, OLAP/ JAG can assess whether he or she truly does, and what kind of help might be appropriate.
If you are a fellow judge, an attorney, a family member or someone else who works with a
judge, you can contact either OLAP or a JAG member directly. If you contact us,
We will ask you the reasons for your concern and about other information regarding the judge
We will ask you about others who might provide additional information or corroborate your observations, such as a colleague, a spouse or a friend
OLAP’s professional staff will assess the information to make a provisional determination about what may be happening
OLAP and JAG together will decide what help might be appropriate and how to offer it in the best way.
The Judicial Advisory Group ensures that a referral does not reflect a desire to discredit a judge based on judicial decisions or other official acts.
JAG is confidential
OLAP is covered by immunity and confidentiality provisions in the Ohio Revised Code as well as Rules of Judicial Conduct (2.14).
If OLAP/JAG members learn about possible misconduct in their OLAP/JAG capacities, they are exempt from the duty to report it.
Anything that happens through OLAP/JAG will remain in strict confidence and will not be accessible to either the judicial disciplinary process or public records requests.
No information about interactions between OLAP/JAG and a judge will be released to anyone in any form unless the judge in question signs a waiver.
We only help judges who want help
OLAP and JAG have no enforcement authority and no reporting requirements.
We help only judges who want help. If a judge declines an offer of help, that is the end of the matter.
Ohio’s six judicial associations nominate members to the Judicial Advisory Group. The Ohio Judicial Conference appoints members and provides administrative support for the group.
JAG members represent all jurisdictions and areas of Ohio. Contact any member with a concern:
Judge Jack R. Puffenberger, Chair, Lucas Co. Probate Court