Washington State Ethics Opinions: Judges

Updated April 24, 2009.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg. Updated by Lori Fossum.

Code of Judicial Conduct & Discipline Rules for Judges

Washington State judges are bound by the Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC), which establish seven canons for judicial behavior. The Discipline Rules for Judges (DRJ) lay out the procedure for disciplining judges who violate the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Code of Judicial Conduct (CJC) on the Washington Courts and Commission on Judicial Conduct websites

Discipline Rules for Judges (DRJ)

PRINTWashington Court Rules: State, annual. KFW529.A198 at Reference Area & Reference Office
Includes CJC and DRJ.

Washington Court Rules Annotated 2d, annual. KFW529.A196 at Reference Area
Includes text of rules and annotations.

Washington Rules of Court Annotated, annual. KFW529.A197 at Reference Area
Includes text of rules and annotations.


Washington Ethics Advisory Committee

This Committee was established by General Rule 10 and consists of seven members appointed by the Chief Justice. The Committee answers questions from judges regarding application of the Code of Judicial Conduct and issues relevant opinions.

Judicial Ethics Opinions, 1984- . A searchable database.

PRINT & WEBWashington State Judges' Ethics Advisory Opinions, 1988-2005.
KFW525.5.D5W37 at Reference Area & Washington Courts


Commission on Judicial Conduct

The Commission (formerly the Judicial Qualifications Committee) was established by the Washington Constitution, Article VI, section 31, and RCW 2.64. It is authorized to impose admonishments, reprimands, and censure or to recommend suspension or removal of a judge to the Supreme Court.


Procedural rules are found in the Washington Administrative Code:

Rules of Procedure (CJCRP)



Judicial Discipline Database, Dec. 1980- .
Formal complaints, disciplinary actions, and Supreme Court opinions.

Public Actions, 1982- . Decisions and statements of charges

LexisNexis: WASH;WAJETH, 1995- .

Westlaw: WAETH-DISP, Oct. 1982- .


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