Lawyer Regulation charges are governed by the Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court. Charges can be made by consumers, attorneys or other person, and are reviewed, investigated and prosecuted by the State Bar in accordance with those Rules. For more information on the Discipline Process, click here.
The purposes of lawyer discipline proceedings are:
- to protect the public
- to protect the integrity of the legal system
- to ensure the administration of justice
- to deter further unethical conduct
- to rehabilitate the offending lawyer
- to deter unethical behavior by educating other lawyers and the public.
The Bar's Lawyer Regulation Department is set up to resolve attorney-client disputes informally and to formally investigate serious allegations of misconduct.
The purpose of attorney discipline is to protect the public and the administration of justice from attorneys who have not discharged their professional duties to clients, the public, the legal system, and the legal profession. The professional conduct of attorneys and the discipline process are governed by Rules 41-74, Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court.
The State Bar Lawyer Regulation Department evaluates charges alleging lack of professionalism, misconduct or incapacity. Allegations are reviewed and an investigation is conducted if the lawyer is subject to this jurisdiction.