On Friday, July 21, 2023, the State of Washington’s Commission on Judicial Conduct announced former Judge Darvin Zimmerman of the Clark County District Court will face a fact-finding hearing for misconduct allegations in September.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of The Honorable Darvin Zimmerman,” and was filed by the Commission, under case no. 10260 -F-193.

In a Statement of Charges filed on December 3, 2021, Judge Zimmerman was accused of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct when he engaged in a conversation with a fellow judicial officer and made racially inflammatory statements about the fatal shooting of a Black man by local law enforcement during the conversation. Judge Zimmerman gave the impression he had special access to ongoing police investigations because he had a relative in local law enforcement.

The Court’s notice of the fact-finding hearing came in after the Commission ordered the independent evaluation of a medical expert of the medical records submitted by Zimmerman’s legal representative in support of Zimmerman’s request for postponement of the disciplinary process for medical reasons.

According to the notice, the Commission will hold a fact-finding hearing on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.  The hearing will be conducted remotely via videoconference and will be open to the public. The Commission’s website, www.cjc.state.wa.us, will provide instructions on how to access the hearing online.

The hearing panel will consist of 11 members, including one presiding officer and 10 other commissioners. The presiding officer is Michael Evans. The other panel members are Robert Alsdorl, Ramon Alvarcz, Terrie Ashby-Scott, Claire Bradley, Wanda Briggs, Marsha Moody, Erik Price, Elizabeth Rend, Gerald Schley, and LaWonda Smith-Marshall.

Judge Darvin Zimmerman graduated from Gonzaga University. His former courtroom is located at 1200 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98660. More information about him can be found on ballotpedia.org.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.