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Kentucky Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings

The procedures for attorney disciplinary proceedings in Kentucky are set forth in Supreme Court Rule 3.140 et seq. 

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Appointment of Inquiry Commission

Access to disciplinary information

Appointment and duties of Bar Counsel

Appointment and duties of Disciplinary Clerk

Initiation of disciplinary cases

Temporary suspension by the Supreme Court

Automatic suspension after conviction of a felony

Processing disciplinary cases

Efficient enforcement; notice of attorney's address

Investigations and trials to be prompt; subpoena power

Informal admonition procedure

Charges; form; by whom and where filed

Notice of filing charges; time to answer

Processing cases of default, admissions of violations or answers raising only issues of law

Appointment of Trial Commission

Procedure when answer raises issues of fact

Notice of appointment of Trial Commissioner and hearing

Joinder and consolidation

Motion to reconsider or dismiss a charge

Filing and processing of pleadings and other papers

Rights of respondent against whom a charge has been filed

Procedure where an attorney has been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony

Order of proceedings and burden of proof

Introduction and admissibility of evidence, evidence taken in other proceedings

Transcript of evidence

Trial Commissioner to file report with Disciplinary Clerk

Notice of appeal

Procedure before the Board and the Court

Appointment of non-lawyer members to Board

Degrees of discipline

Notice to client of suspension or disbarment

Appointment of special commissioner to protect clients' interests

Rehearing by Trial Commissioner

Reciprocal discipline

Disposition of case

Recovery of costs

Subpoena power

Unauthorized practices proceeding

Attorney aiding unauthorized practice

Furnishing legal services pursuant to a pre-paid legal services plan

Member's financial interest in plan or group

Withdrawal from the association

Restoration to membership

Character and Fitness Committee; reinstatements

Reinstatement in case of disciplinary suspension

Advisory opinions informal and formal



Benjamin Cowgill, Counselor and Attorney at Law

2333 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40504      (859) 225-5236

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This page was last updated on 12/11/2006