Title 5. Discipline

Rules of the State Bar, Title 5

Title 5 includes Rules of Procedure and Rules of Practice.  

The Rules of Procedure Title I and Title II have been revised to conform to the new organizational structure of the Rules of the State Bar and are listed as Divisions 1 through 7; whereas, Title III and Title IV have yet to be revised and remain in effect in their current form. Revised and unrevised rules are distinguishable by their numbers. The number of a revised rule begins with the number 5 (for Title 5), which is followed by a period and then a sequential number.

Effective January 1, 2011, the amended Rules of Procedure apply to all pending and future matters filed in the State Bar Court, except as to:

  1. Hearing Department proceedings in which the taking of testimony or the offering of evidence at trial has commenced;
  2. Review Department matters in which a request for review is filed prior to January 1, 2011; and
  3. Any other particular proceeding pending as of the effective date in which the Court orders the application of a former rule(s) based on a determination that injustice would otherwise result.

For matters meeting the above criteria, see Former Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California.

The Rules of Practice have not yet been revised to conform to the new organizational structure of the Rules of the State Bar.

Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California - Effective July 1, 2014

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   Division 1. General Rules
   
   Division 2. Case Proceedings
   
   Division 3. Review Department and Powers Delegated by Supreme Court
   
   Division 4. Involuntary Inactive Enrollment Proceedings
   
   Division 5. Probation Proceedings
   
   Division 6. Special Proceedings
   
   Division 7. Regulatory Proceedings
   
   Title III. General Provisions
   
   Title IV. Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct
   

Rules of Practice of the State Bar Court

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   Division I. General Provisions
   
   Division II. Hearing Department
   
   Division III. Review Department