Joseph Sitnick, 69, a hearing commissioner of the D.C. Superior Court who was a longtime Washington criminal lawyer, died July 29 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Silver Spring.

He had served on the D.C. Bar Association's committee on criminal rules and procedures and was a member of the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Sitnick was born in Russia and came to this country in 1922. He lived in Philadelphia for two years before moving to Washington in 1924. He was a graduate of the old Central High School and a 1935 graduate of the old National University law school.

He was one of the famed old Fifth Street lawyers of the 1930s. He practiced criminal and general law in this city. He became one of the Superior Court's three hearing commissioners last year. Commissioners duties include directing criminal arraignments and various preliminary hearings.

Mr. Sitnick was a member of the Beth Sholom Congregation in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Sally, of Silver Spring; a son, Stanley, of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Rita Sitnick of New York City, and his father, Charles, and a brother, David, both of Silver Spring.