Filing a Complaint
All complaints must be filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics.
A Citizen’s Responsibility
The Commission on Ethics cannot conduct investigations of alleged violations of the Sunshine
Amendment or the Code of Ethics unless a person files a sworn complaint with the Commission
alleging such violation has occurred.
If you have knowledge that a person in government has violated the standards of conduct or
disclosure laws or has committed some other breach of the public trust, you may report these
violations to the Commission by filing a sworn complaint on a form promulgated by the
Commission. Otherwise, the Commission is unable to take action, even after learning of such
misdeeds through newspaper reports and phone calls.
Should you desire assistance in completing a complaint form (CE Form 50), please contact the
Commission office at (850) 488-7864 or P.O. Drawer 15709, Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709.
The complaint, as well as all proceedings and records relating to the complaint, are confidential
until the accused requests that such records be made public or until the complaint reaches a
stage in the Commission's proceedings where it becomes public. This means that unless the
Commission receives a written waiver of confidentiality from the accused, the Commission is not
free to release any documents or to comment on a complaint to members of the public or press,
so long as the complaint remains in a confidential stage.
Download Complaint Form
The complaint form (CE Form 50) can be found on the Florida Commission on Ethics Website. You can
access it by clicking on the link below. Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to
view the document.