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Lawyer Discipline Statistics

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Bar Population 101,093 103,010 104,676 106,095 107,131
Total Disbarments 60 54 46 42 37
Disbarment 36 34 36 34 28
Permanent Disbarment 5 11 5 5 6
License Revoked 10 2 1 1 2
Disbarment on Consent 9 7 4 2 1
Total Suspensions 174 194 179 129 124
Non-Rehabilitative Suspension 43 55 50 43 28
Emergency Suspension* 25 25 24 11 12
Emergency Suspension (Final Sanction Pending)* 3 5 9 8 13
Felony Suspension* 9 19 23 9 8
Felony Suspension (Final Sanction Pending)* 6 10 4 4 5
Interim Suspension** 0 6 0 4 0
Rehabilitative Suspension 81 54 60 42 48
Suspension with Probation 6 18 9 8 9
Suspension & Public Reprimand 1 2 0 0 1
Suspension & Incapacity 0 0 0 0 0
Total Public Reprimands 61 67 50 37 33
Public Reprimand 50 56 38 27 26
Public Reprimand w/Probation 11 11 12 10 7
Disciplinary Revocation 35 24 38 29 35
Revocation 25 22 28 20 27
Permanent Revocation 10 2 10 9 8
Total Admonishments 39 48 30 33 23
Admonishment 8 9 13 7 0
Admonishment w/Probation 1 0 2 1 0
GC Admonishment 30 39 15 25 23
Total Probations 43 32 33 42 21
Probation 4 0 0 1 1
Emergency Probation 0 0 0 0 0
Conditional Admission Probation 39 32 33 41 20
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

Total Discipline Orders 362 351 316 275 235
Total Cases 654 601 533 419 393
Files Opened 5,320 4,613 4,479 3,976 4,131

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 Under the new rule, the emergency suspension is temporary and will eventually be superseded by further discipline.