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Admission of Minor Misconduct
After a local grievance committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers – has reviewed a discipline case, the committee may determine that the lawyer’s actions are minor misconduct. If the lawyer agrees, he or she signs this document which also describes requirements the lawyer must meet to deter similar future conduct.
Admonishment for Minor Misconduct
Admonishment, which is a written warning, is the lowest form of discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer's right to practice.
Amended Answer to Complaint of Minor Misconduct
Amended Answer to Formal Complaint
Amended Complaint of Minor Misconduct
After a local grievance committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers – has reviewed a discipline case, the committee may determine that the lawyer’s actions are minor misconduct. If the lawyer does not agree, the Bar will file a complaint with the Supreme Court which will be processed in the same manner as a Formal Complaint.
Amended Consent Judgment
The Amended Consent Judgment supercedes the original Consent Judgment.
Amended Disbarment on Consent
The Amended Disbarment on Consent is a document that supersedes the original Disbarment on Consent.
Amended Formal Complaint
This document is filed by The Florida Bar with the Florida Supreme Court summarizing the findings of the Bar’s investigation of a complaint and after a local Bar Grievance Committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers -- has found cause to believe that a lawyer is guilty of misconduct justifying disciplinary action. The Formal Complaint lists all circumstances discovered in the investigation and the alleged rule violations.
Amended Notice of Judgment of Guilt
Amended Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause
If a lawyer fails to comply with specific conditions as a result of disciplinary proceedings, the Bar will request that additional discipline be considered by the Supreme Court.
Amended Petition for Disciplinary Resignation
With charges pending against a lawyer by the Bar, the lawyer may request to resign. If the Supreme Court approves the resignation all pending cases are dismissed. Disciplinary resignation has the same effect as disbarment.
Amended Petition for Disciplinary Revocation
Amended Petition for Emergency Suspension
If a lawyer is or has causes public harm, including theft or mishandling of client funds, the Bar will file this document requesting an indefinite emergency suspension by the Supreme Court. During the suspension period, the Bar continues to investigate the matter and in most cases will file a Formal Complaint. A lawyer may not practice law when under emergency suspension.
Amended Petition for Permanent Disciplinary Revocation
Amended Report of Minor Misconduct
After a local grievance committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers – has reviewed a discipline case, the committee may determine that the lawyer’s actions are minor misconduct. This decision becomes a Report of Minor Misconduct which may or may not be accepted by the lawyer.
Amended Report of Referee
When a Formal Complaint is filed by the Bar, the Supreme Court appoints a “referee” who is a circuit judge. The referee holds a trial to examine all of the evidence in the case. At the conclusion, the referee writes a report detailing his or her findings and recommendations and files that Report of Referee with the Supreme Court. Interim and amended reports are also filed with the Supreme Court.
Amended Supreme Court Opinion
Amended Supreme Court Order
After reviewing the Bar’s case against a lawyer, the Report of Referee, and if applicable a Consent Judgment, the Supreme Court issues an order stating the disciplinary sanction. The Court orders is final when the time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.
Answer to Amended Complaint of Minor Misconduct
Answer to Complaint of Minor Misconduct
Answer to Formal Complaint
Complaint of Minor Misconduct
After a local grievance committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers – has reviewed a discipline case, the committee may determine that the lawyer’s actions are minor misconduct. If the lawyer does not agree, the Bar will file a complaint with the Supreme Court which will be processed in the same manner as a Formal Complaint.
Consent Judgment
This document is filed with the Supreme Court when a lawyer admits guilt to some or all of the charges by the Bar and agrees to accept a disciplinary sanction and to comply with certain conditions. The Consent Judgment outlines the circumstances of the Bar Rule violations and details the sanction and conditions. It is not final, however, until a Supreme Court Order is issued.
Disbarment on Consent
A lawyer may surrender membership in The Florida Bar in lieu of defending against allegations of disciplinary violations by agreeing to disbarment on consent. The Supreme Court must approve this by court order. Disbarment on consent has the same effect as disbarment.
Formal Complaint
This document is filed by The Florida Bar with the Florida Supreme Court summarizing the findings of the Bar’s investigation of a complaint and after a local Bar Grievance Committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers -- has found cause to believe that a lawyer is guilty of misconduct justifying disciplinary action. The Formal Complaint lists all circumstances discovered in the investigation and the alleged rule violations.
Interim Report of Referee
When a Formal Complaint is filed by the Bar, the Supreme Court appoints a “referee” who is a circuit judge. The referee holds a trial to examine all of the evidence in the case. At the conclusion, the referee writes a report detailing his or her findings and recommendations and files that Report of Referee with the Supreme Court. Interim and amended reports are also filed with the Supreme Court.
Motion for Clarification
Motions for clarification and rehearing may be filed by either the lawyer or the Bar.
Motion for Rehearing
Motions for clarification and rehearing may be filed by either the lawyer or the Bar.
Motion to Correct Order
The referee may file a motion to correct an order to extend an effective date.
Motion to Extend Effective Date
The referee may file a motion to correct an order to extend an effective date.
Notice of Judgment of Guilt
If a lawyer is convicted of a felony, the Bar will file this document with the Supreme Court requesting a suspension and further investigation.
Notice of Noncompliance with Subpoena
Notice of Noncompliance with Subpoena - Is a notice that is filed with The Florida Supreme Court when a respondent does not comply with a subpoena issued by the grievance committee.
Order Denying Motion
Orders are issued by the court in response to motions filed by either the lawyer or the Bar.
Order Granting Motion
Orders are issued by the court in response to motions filed by either the lawyer or the Bar.
Petition for Contempt and Order to Show Cause
If a lawyer fails to comply with specific conditions as a result of disciplinary proceedings, the Bar will request that additional discipline be considered by the Supreme Court.
Petition for Disciplinary Resignation
With charges pending against a lawyer by the Bar, the lawyer may request to resign. If the Supreme Court approves the resignation all pending cases are dismissed. Disciplinary resignation has the same effect as disbarment.
Petition for Disciplinary Revocation
Petition for Emergency Suspension
If a lawyer is or has causes public harm, including theft or mishandling of client funds, the Bar will file this document requesting an indefinite emergency suspension by the Supreme Court. During the suspension period, the Bar continues to investigate the matter and in most cases will file a Formal Complaint. A lawyer may not practice law when under emergency suspension.
Petition for Permanent Disciplinary Revocation
Public Reprimand
A public reprimand, which is a written warning, is a form of public discipline which describes the conduct of the lawyer as improper, but does not limit the lawyer's right to practice. Public reprimands usually require a personal appearance by the lawyer before a disciplinary agency such as the Bar’s Board of Governors.
Referee's Order on Motion for Clarification
This document is a referee’s response to a motion for clarification.
Referee's Order on Proceedings & on Motion for Directed Verdict
This document is a referee’s response to a lawyer’s request to end the trial after the Bar has presented its findings.
Report of Minor Misconduct
After a local grievance committee – composed of lawyers and at least 1/3 non-lawyers – has reviewed a discipline case, the committee may determine that the lawyer’s actions are minor misconduct. This decision becomes a Report of Minor Misconduct which may or may not be accepted by the lawyer.
Report of Referee
When a Formal Complaint is filed by the Bar, the Supreme Court appoints a “referee” who is a circuit judge. The referee holds a trial to examine all of the evidence in the case. At the conclusion, the referee writes a report detailing his or her findings and recommendations and files that Report of Referee with the Supreme Court. Interim and amended reports are also filed with the Supreme Court.
Stipulation to Discipline
Stipulation to Summary Proceedings
The Stiuplation to Summary Proceedings is a pleading filed with the court stating that both parties have no objection to respondent's reinstatement.
Supplemental Document
Supreme Court Opinion
Opinion issued by The Supreme Court of Florida.
Supreme Court Opinion
Supreme Court Order
After reviewing the Bar’s case against a lawyer, the Report of Referee, and if applicable a Consent Judgment, the Supreme Court issues an order stating the disciplinary sanction. The Court orders is final when the time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.
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