DC Procedures for Discipline

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Long Title: 
DC Disciplinary Proceedings
Published/Promulgated by
Name of entity: 
DC Bar
Type of entity: 
Professional Body
Jurisdiction within country: 
District of Columbia
Who is subject to this regulation?: 
Lawyers generally

The purpose of the disciplinary system is to protect the public, the courts, and the legal profession from attorneys who do not meet their ethical responsibilities. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has the ultimate authority for disciplining members of the District of Columbia Bar for violations of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. The process is governed by Rule XI of the Rules of the Court of Appeals Governing the Bar, which generally provides that all members of the D.C. Bar, those making limited appearances pro hac vice, and others admitted to practice in the District of Columbia as Special Legal Consultants under Rule 46(c)(4) are subject to the disciplinary rules.

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