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Randal B. Fritzler
Randal B. Fritzler, J.D. has over 34 years experience in criminal litigation in both state and Federal courts.
From 1986 through 2003, he served as a trial judge in Clark County, Washington.
In 1997, he began organization of the Clark County Domestic Violence Court and was honored as the Outstanding Judge of 1998 by the Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association.
He founded the Clark County Mental Health court and in 1999, he was selected to chair the American Judges Association Therapeutic Jurisprudence Committee and represent the AJA to the Council of Chief Justices.
He also served on the Council of State Governments, Re-entry Policy Council.
in addition to publishing articles and commentaries in five countries has contributed to several books.
is co-author of the recently published, Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society
The courts he
created have been subject to comprehensive studies, which have shown favorable outcomes for both perpetrators and the public.
He is an advocate for dynamic risk management processes to increase public safety while reducing the use of prisons and jails.
has recently left the bench and has resumed private law practice.
He is a founder and principal of Pacific Policy and Research Institute, Inc., teaches at Western Oregon University and consults on court reform issues.
He has testified before the Washington State legislature and served as an expert witness in the courts of Washington and California.
has focused upon applying Therapeutic Jurisprudence concepts to case disposition and sentencing.
Randal B. FritzlerPacific ...
Randal B. FritzlerPacific Policy and Research InstituteRandal B. Fritzler is a senior researcher and principal with Pacific Policy and Research Institute, Inc. and teaches at Western Oregon University.His professional experience includes fifteen years experience as an attorney in private practice and seventeen years as a state trial court judge.As a judicial officer, he served several terms as the American Judge's Association representative to the Conference of Chief Justices and advocated for court reform.He has written and published extensively on the subject of specialty courts, court innovation and therapeutic jurisprudence.He has also served on many state and national boards and committees and received state and national recognition for his public service.
Ex-judge agrees to state commission's restrictions
Former Clark County District Judge Randal Fritzler has agreed that he will not seek any judicial office without the approval of the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct. His
agreement was part of censure order made public Friday at a meeting of the commission in Olympia.In it, Fritzler
agreed with a series of charges announced Dec. 8 by the commission, which accused him of violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct and the terms of a 1996 censure.In both the 1996 and current cases, Fritzler
was disciplined for having sexual affairs with court employees.
Friday's action closes the case.Censure is the most severe disciplinary action the commission can issue, but in this case it is largely symbolic because Fritzler
has left the bench.He
resignation letter Dec. 18; his
last day in office was Jan. 5. A former defense attorney, the 60-year-old Fritzler had been a judge since 1986.
The Hockinson resident now works as an attorney for DCS Financial Inc.
Clark County commissioners will appoint his
replacement by early March.Fourteen attorneys have applied for the job, which pays $116,135 a year.
In 1996, Fritzler
was censured for having an affair with a judicial secretary.The secretary's husband, an attorney, appeared before Fritzler
was also warned by the panel not to repeat such behavior. In his resignation letter to presiding Judge Vernon Schreiber, Fritzler recounted his accomplishments, lamented that they have been marred by "personal failures" and apologized for his boorish behavior.
created specialized courts for domestic violence offenders and defendants with mental health problems.He
has lectured worldwide on the challenge of restructuring the criminal justice system so offenders get an opportunity to recognize and correct their destructive behavior.
The recent alleged affair was with a 40-year-old hired by the District Court
in March 2001.She
quickly passed over employees with more seniority to fill coveted clerk positions.The woman met Fritzler in 1990-91 when she was a student in a course he taught at Clark College, according to the panel.
The commission received a complaint about Fritzler
in September 2002 and subsequent complaints in February and September of this year.The investigation was kept secret until charges were released Dec. 8.The panel does not release the names of people who file complaints.
The panel concluded that Fritzler
violated three canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct by failing to "uphold the integrity" of the judiciary, failing to "avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety" and failing to "perform the duties of the office impartially and diligently."
The agreement made public Friday was signed Jan. 20 by Fritzler
.It says that he
"shall not seek nor hold any judicial office, nor perform any judicial duties in the future without first securing approval" from the judicial commission.In addition, he
agreed that should he
seek any position "involving judicial or quasi-judicial functions" that the commission may release information about his
censures "to a government or judicial qualifications organization."
ON THE WEB The full text of the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct's censure of former Judge Randal Fritzler
KCBY 11 - Coos Bay/North Bend
Judge Randal Fritzler's resignation is effective January fifth.It comes ten days after the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct began disciplinary proceedings against him for the second time.Fritzler has served as a judge since 1986.He
was censured in 1996 for having an affair with a court employee.
Concluding an investigation into four complaints, the commission charged Fritzler
with violating profession canons.It says Fritzler engaged in an intimate relationship recently with a woman he met when was an instructor and she was a student at Clark College in 1990 and '91.
On December eighth, the commission charged Fritzler
with violating the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Potential judges told to be ready for long hours, lots of work
Despite that less-than-appealing job description, at least six attorneys have said they will apply to replace Randal Fritzler.
Fritzler, 60, resigned.
Schreiber told attorneys that judges will keep the specialty dockets that Fritzler
started the domestic violence and mental health courts, in which intensive efforts are made to get defendants into therapy.
...Fritzler, a judge for 17 years, resigned amidst allegations of unethical behavior. The Commission on Judicial Conduct
is investigating whether Fritzler
had a sexual affair with a court employee who was promoted to positions desired by more experienced clerks. Fritzler
was disciplined by the panel in 1996 for having an affair with a different employee and was warned not to do it again.
has until Wednesday to respond to the allegations.
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