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. The enabling legislation was effective May 18, 1981 and is now codified as RCW 2.64. There have been three amendments to Article IV, Section 31:
The Commission has adopted rules to insure due process and confidentiality of proceedings. The Commission's rules, first adopted in October 1981, have been revised over the years and now appear as Commission on Judicial Conduct Rules of Procedure (CJCRP) in the Washington Rules of Court. Please see the following sections for more detail.
Article IV, Section 31 - the constitutional amendment that resulted in the creation of the Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The RCW's which codified the constitutional amendment to Article IV, Section 31 and outline the Commission's structure, disciplinary powers, limitations, membership terms, etc.
The Commission's adopted rules of procedure and rules for confidentiality. More information on how the CJCRPs are made and changed can be found on the Commission's rule making page.
The ethical rules that judges must follow.
The rules for filing a complaint against a state employee of the judicial branch.
The rules for accessing public records.
The policies and procedures that apply to the members of the Commission on Judicial Conduct.