Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:13: Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts
The Supreme Judicial Court may establish a committee on professional responsibility to investigate any action of a Clerk Magistrate, as defined in Rule 3:12, including (a) conviction of a crime, (b) wilful misconduct in office, (c) wilful misconduct which, although not related to duties as a Clerk Magistrate, brings the office of Clerk Magistrate into disrepute, (d) conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice or conduct unbecoming a Clerk Magistrate, whether conduct in office or outside of duties as a Clerk Magistrate, that brings the office of Clerk Magistrate into disrepute, or (e) any conduct that constitutes a violation of Rule 3:12. The committee may receive information, investigate, and make recommendations relative to any mental or physical disability, including habitual intemperance, of a Clerk Magistrate. The committee shall consist of at least five persons, none of whom shall be a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, at least one of whom shall be a currently elected Clerk Magistrate and at least one of whom shall be an appointed Clerk Magistrate. The composition and rules of the committee shall be as established by the Supreme Judicial Court. This rule shall not be interpreted to abrogate the authority of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Chief Administrative Justice, or an Administrative Justice of a Department of the Trial Court in any of these areas.