State of Washington
Ethics Advisory CommitteeOpinion 91-04
What are the obligations of a judicial officer when an individual who is an attorney from another state is convicted of a crime in the judge's court? Is there a duty to disclose the conviction to the other state's bar association?
CJC Canon 3(B)(3) states that a judicial officer should take or initiate appropriate disciplinary measures against a lawyer for unprofessional conduct of which the judicial officer may become aware. CJC Canon 3(B)(3) does not require a judicial officer to report the conviction of an attorney in the judge's court, whether the attorney is licensed in this or another jurisdiction, but it does encourage the judicial officer to report the conviction to the appropriate disciplinary body which may include the bar association in another jurisdiction.
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