How to File a Complaint

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct against DOJ attorneys that relate to the exercise of their authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice, as well as allegations of misconduct against DOJ law enforcement personnel that relate to allegations of attorney misconduct within the jurisdiction of OPR.  OPR does not have the authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against other DOJ employees.  All such allegations may fall within the jurisdiction of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and may be submitted to the OIG here:  https://oig.justice.gov/hotline/index.htm

In addition, OPR does not have the authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against employees of other federal agencies or departments such as:

  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Defense
  • Homeland Security
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Health and Human Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Securities and Exchange Commission, etc. 

OPR also does not have the authority to investigate allegations against non-DOJ employees such as state and local law enforcement officers and officials.  It is OPR’s policy to refrain from investigating allegations that have been submitted, or could have been submitted, to a court for its consideration during the course of litigation.  

If you believe that a Department of Justice attorney has engaged in professional misconduct and you would like to file a complaint, please submit your complaint to OPR in writing to the address below.  No form is required, but please include in your letter: 

  • Your full name, address, and other contact information.
  • The name and title of the individual you believe engaged in misconduct.
  • The details of the allegation including court case name and jurisdiction, if available.
  • Copies of any documents that support your allegation.
  • Any other information relevant to your complaint.

Mail this information to:

Robin C. Ashton
Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Professional Responsibility
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 3266
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Updated October 19, 2017

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