Lawyer regulation/discipline records are subject to disclosure under Rules 70 (discipline) and 80 (unauthorized practice of law) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona. For Rule 70 click here. For Rule 80 click here.
Do discipline files remain confidential?
Records for charges resulting in a sanction are public and maintained indefinitely. Records of dismissed charges are public for six (6) months from the date of disposition. Diversion records are confidential. Dismissed cases and those resulting in diversion are maintained for a period of three years from the date of disposition and are thereafter expunged pursuant to Rule 71, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.
How long are records kept of disciplinary matters filed with the State Bar?
If a charge is dismissed, either with or without a full investigation, the records become open to the public at the time the State Bar notifies the complainant of the disposition. The files remain public for six months following notification.
Records of charges that result in a diversion agreement or an order of diversion are confidential.
Records of charges that result in the imposition of a sanction or other Committee order pursuant to Rule 55, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., generally become open to the public upon entry of an order by the Committee. Records of these charges remain public indefinitely.
Glossary of Discipline Terms
Glossary of terms used in Lawyer Regulation defining the various dispositions. Click here to view the lawyer regulation glossary of terms.
How to request a lawyer discipline history
Records pertaining to the public discipline history for a lawyer, click here and search by attorney name.
How to request discipline case records
Records pertaining to lawyer regulation, including lawyer discipline and unauthorized practice of law, are subject to Rules 70 and 80 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona.
To request public discipline case records email: email@example.com.
Although the federal Freedom of Information Act and Arizona public records laws do not apply to these records, the State Bar does have a public records policy. Click here for more information.