The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court and Lawyer Discipline

The Washington Supreme Court has exclusive responsibility in Washington State to administer the lawyer discipline and disability system and to maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct. The Supreme Court delegates authority for the operation of that system to the Washington State Bar Association through the Disciplinary Board, hearing officers, and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Only the Supreme Court can suspend or disbar a lawyer. All lawyers admitted to practice law in Washington are subject to lawyer discipline.

The lawyer discipline system protects the public by holding lawyers accountable for ethical misconduct.  Under Title 13 of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, disciplinary actions include admonition, reprimand, suspension up to three years, disbarment, restitution, and probation.

The Supreme Court issues written opinions in disciplinary cases it considers. Read recent written opinions that have been issued:

 

Official Supreme Court Website

Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct

Procedures for the lawyer discipline system

Rules of Professional Conduct

Standards of ethical conduct for lawyers

Discipline Notices

Search for disciplinary actions against lawyers

2010 Lawyer Discipline System Annual Report

Information and statistics about the lawyer discipline system

TVW

View Washington Supreme Court oral arguments