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About the Commission - Overview

The function of the Commission is to investigate and act on complaints of judicial misconduct or disability. All fifty states and the District of Columbia have judicial conduct agencies . Washington's judicial conduct commission was constitutionally created when voters passed the amendment to Article IV, Section 31 of the Washington State Constitution in November 1980. For more information, see the governing provisions section of this website.

The overall goals of the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct are to:

It is a complex mission to hold judges accountable for misconduct without compromising the essential independence of the judiciary. The Commission's process is separate from the judicial appeals system that allows individual litigants to appeal from legal errors. Please see the following sections to learn more about the Commission.


Current membership of the Commission.


The Commission's meeting schedule.


The Commission's annual report, complaint forms, and other publications.


Links to ethics and legal resources.


Frequently asked questions.


How to contact the Commission.