Pursuant to RCW 2.64.010(4), the
Commission has jurisdiction over justices of the supreme court, judges
of the court of appeals,superior courts or any court organized under
Titles 3 or 35 RCW, judges pro tempore, court commissioners and magistrates.
This includes full-time, part-time, attorney and non-attorney judges.
The function of the Commission is
to investigate and act on complaints of judicial misconduct or disability.
The only basis for finding misconduct is a violation of the Code of
Judicial Conduct. The code is adopted by the supreme court. To act on
a complaint of disability, the Commission must find that a judge or
justice suffers from a disability which is permanent or likely to become
permanent, and which seriously interferes with the performance of judicial
The Commission may impose admonishment,
reprimand and censure. After imposing censure, the Commission may recommend
suspension or removal of a judge to the supreme court. If the Commission
finds disability, it may recommend to the supreme court that a judge
The Commission does not have jurisdiction
over administrative law judges or federal judges. Complaints against
administrative law judges should be made to the Office of Administrative
Hearings, P.O. Box 42488, Olympia, Washington 98504-2488. Complaints
against federal judges should be made to the Clerk of the U.S. Court
of Appeals, P.O. Box 193939, San Francisco, California 98119-3939.
here for more info on the Commission's jurisdiction over judges.
here for more info on the State Employee Whistleblower Protection Act.