On Monday, August 8, 2022, the Judicial Disciplinary Counsel of West Virginia reached an agreement with David Camilletti, Judge of the 24th Family Circuit Court, regarding the judge’s misconduct violations. The case is styled as ‘In the Matter of Judge David Camilletti’ with case number #22-557.
The judge was charged with violating Rules 1.1, 2.5, and 2.8(B) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. These include treating people in his court disrespectfully, casually threatening to take away people’s children, making dismissive comments about women, and sometimes swearing or reacting in anger.
The filing states that:
“Specifically, Respondent admits that while serving as a family court judge, on multiple occasions, he failed to treat litigants appearing before him in his courtroom with respect and dignity and filed to maintain decorum and order in his courtroom to the detriment of the integrity of the court.”
The filing continues:
“Judicial Disciplinary Counsel and Respondent agree to jointly recommend to the Judicial Hearing Board and the State Supreme Court that appropriate sanctions for the foregoing violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct are:
(i) Respondent be ordered to continue to undergo counseling by a JDC-approved professional
provider. The approved provider will develop and implement a plan, including the length of the plan, for the Respondent. The respondent will sign a waiver allowing the provider to contact JDC in the case of the Respondent not following or stopping the treatment plan.
(ii) Public Reprimand.
(iii) 12-month suspension, including an actual unpaid suspension of thirty (30) days, with the remaining 11 ‘months of the 12-month suspension being held in abeyance, with the Respondent’s resumption of his service as a family court judge, after serving the thirty (30) days of actual, unpaid suspension, being upon a probationary basis, which probationary period shall continue through the remainder of the calendar year 2022 and shall continue through the entire calendar year of 2023, such that Respondent will be subject to the imposition of the remaining eleven (11) months of actual suspension without pay if Judge Camilleti stopped or violated the treatment plan mentioned in paragraph h-(i) above.
(iv) Respondent will pay the costs of the investigation and prosecution of the case in the amount of $629.85.
The Judge earned a law degree from West Virginia University.
The Judge’s Courtroom is at 119 North George Street in Charles Town and can be reached at 304-724-6253.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.