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Lawyer Discipline Statistics

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Bar Population 104,676 106,095 107,131 108,615 109,830
Total Disbarments 46 42 37 42 38
    Disbarment 36 34 28 32 28
    Permanent Disbarment 5 5 6 7 5
    License Revoked 1 1 2 0 3
    Disbarment on Consent 4 2 1 3 2
Total Suspensions 179 129 124 136 114
    Non-Rehabilitative Suspension 50 43 28 49 38
    Emergency Suspension 24 11 12 15 7
    Emergency Suspension (Final Sanction Pending) 9 8 13 3 3
    Felony Suspension 23 9 8 9 5
    Felony Suspension (Final Sanction Pending) 4 4 5 5 5
    *Interim Suspension 0 4 0 0 0
    Rehabilitative Suspension 60 42 48 40 49
    Suspension with Probation 9 8 9 15 7
    Suspension & Public Reprimand 0 0 1 0 0
    Suspension & Incapacity 0 0 0 0 0
Total Public Reprimands 50 37 33 32 31
    Public Reprimand 38 27 26 23 25
    Public Reprimand w/Probation 12 10 7 9 6
Disciplinary Revocation 38 29 35 40 20
    Revocation 28 20 27 32 16
    Permanent Revocation 10 9 8 8 4
Total Admonishments 30 33 23 35 32
    Admonishment 13 7 0 4 3
    Admonishment w/Probation 2 1 0 0 1
    GC Admonishment 15 25 23 31 28
Total Probations 33 42 21 9 9
    Probation 0 1 1 0 1
    Emergency Probation 0 0 0 0 1
    Conditional Admission Probation 33 41 20 9 7
Injunctions 0 0 0 0 0

*Not included in Total Discipline Orders because they are not yet final orders.
**Interim suspensions are imposed by the court’s own motion and are pending final outcome.

Totals

Note: The Florida Bar changed the discipline statistics table beginning in 2013-14 to reflect recent amendments to The Florida Bar Rules of Discipline. Attorneys facing disciplinary charges can now petition for a disciplinary revocation, which is tantamount to a disbarment. Additionally, an emergency suspension now serves as a formal complaint based on the misconduct alleged in the petition for emergency suspension. Before the rule change, the Bar was required to seek discipline in addition to the emergency suspension. Under the new rule, the emergency suspension is temporary and will eventually be superseded by further discipline.

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Total Discipline Orders 316 275 235 262 224
Total Cases 533 419 393 414 318
File Opened 4,479 3,976 4,131 3,557 3,364