The Complaint Process
Upon receiving a complaint, the Commission staff will conduct a preliminary analysis to ensure it is legally sufficient. If the complaint is deemed legally sufficient, it will go before the Ethics Commission for a probable cause determination.
If the Commission finds no probable cause, the complaint will be dismissed. If the Commission finds there is probable cause, the matter can be set for a public hearing and such proceedings must comply with the Sunshine Law. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission shall make a finding and issue a report as to whether any provision within its jurisdiction has been violated.
If Commission members declare a violation has been committed, they shall issue an order imposing the appropriate penalty, which may include fines, letters of instructions or other penalties which may be imposed by law.
Formal Complaint Process Flow Chart