Minority & Justice Commission
Administrative Office of the Courts
Post Office Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170
Phone: (360) 705-5327
Fax: (360) 956-5700 AOCMIN/JUS@courts.wa.gov
Working to identify and to eradicate the effects of racial, ethnic, and cultural bias in our state court system
Welcome to the Minority & Justice Commission site!
We are a Commission of the Supreme Court of the state of Washington charged with the mission of ensuring that all courts in the state of Washington remain free of bias so that justice might be adjudicated in a neutral and fair manner. We recognize that our courts are human institutions and so the work of ensuring access to justice is one that requires vigilance and ongoing work. We earnestly believe that it is possible to create and sustain a court system that will treat each individual as an individual without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, physical abilities, or religion.
The Commission's work is divided into four areas of focus: 1) education (judicial and public);
2) research (documenting and exploring issues related to or causing racial disproportionality in our criminal justice system); 3) outreach (building bridges between courts and local communities); and 4) promoting workforce diversity.
We are proud that even during tough budget times, our Supreme Court remains committed to the work of the Commission. Far from being a "marginal and dispensable program," the Minority and Justice Commission is a core part of the Court's administrative work of dispensing justice and enhancing the public trust and confidence in our local courts.
Please browse through our site where you will find our historical projects as well as resources for your own use. If you have any suggestions for the Commission or ways that we might improve this site, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail to let us know.