Attorney Disciplinary Action Law and Legal Definition

State supreme courts typically are charged with enforcing the rules for admisssion to the bar and codes of conduct that govern attorneys. These rules provide the framework for initiation and resolution of attorney discipline matters. The rules also provides a procedure for filing grievances against attorneys, a system for the investigation of grievances, and a procedure for resolution should a grievance evolve into a formal complaint for disciplinary action against an attorney.

Such actions may led to penalties such as:

    • a private reprimand; • a public reprimand; • probation; • suspension from the practice of law for a definite or indefinite period of time (with or without the requirement the respondent formally petition the Supreme Court should he later choose to seek readmission); or, • disbarment.