This Note evaluates recent developments in Washington State concerning due process rights in judicial disciplinary proceedings. The focus is on In re Deming, a recent disciplinary case decided by the Washington Supreme Court. The analysis by the court in Deming highlights the conflict between the desire to discipline wayward judges and the need to protect the autonomy of the judiciary. The historical and procedural background of the Deming case is discussed first, and then three important procedural issues raised in the opinion are analyzed. The Note concludes that, although the court's broad due process holdings lack foundation, its specific procedural requirements are justified.
Judicial Discipline and Due Process in Washington State—In re Deming, 108 Wash. 2d 82, 736 P.2d 639 (1987),
63 Wash. L. Rev.
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