The Washington State Bar Association has, as one of its primary purposes, the discipline of lawyers who practice law in the state of Washington. Over 35% of the WSBA’s budget, each year is devoted to the Washington Lawyer Discipline System.
The Washington Lawyer Discipline System has two main parts: Prosecution and adjudication. Both parts are controlled by the WSBA. That is to say, the WSBA is in command of the prosecution of errant Washington lawyers and the adjudication of the WSBA prosecutions. WSBA lawyer sanctions consisting of either suspension or disbarment may be appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court.