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Lawyer Discipline Statistics

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Bar Population 103,010 104,676 106,095 107,131 108,615
Total Disbarments 54 46 42 37 42
Disbarment 34 36 34 28 32
Permanent Disbarment 11 5 5 6 7
License Revoked 2 1 1 2 0
Disbarment on Consent 7 4 2 1 3
Total Suspensions 194 179 129 124 136
Non-Rehabilitative Suspension 55 50 43 28 49
Emergency Suspension* 25 24 11 12 15
Emergency Suspension (Final Sanction Pending)* 5 9 8 13 3
Felony Suspension* 19 23 9 8 9
Felony Suspension (Final Sanction Pending)* 10 4 4 5 5
Interim Suspension** 6 0 4 0 0
Rehabilitative Suspension 54 60 42 48 40
Suspension with Probation 18 9 8 9 15
Suspension & Public Reprimand 2 0 0 1 0
Suspension & Incapacity 0 0 0 0 0
Total Public Reprimands 67 50 37 33 32
Public Reprimand 56 38 27 26 23
Public Reprimand w/Probation 11 12 10 7 9
Disciplinary Revocation 24 38 29 35 40
Revocation 22 28 20 27 32
Permanent Revocation 2 10 9 8 8
Total Admonishments 48 30 33 23 35
Admonishment 9 13 7 0 4
Admonishment w/Probation 0 2 1 0 0
GC Admonishment 39 15 25 23 31
Total Probations 32 33 42 21 9
Probation 0 0 1 1 0
Emergency Probation 0 0 0 0 0
Conditional Admission Probation 32 33 41 20 9
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 Under the new rule, the emergency suspension is temporary and will eventually be superseded by further discipline.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Total Discipline Orders 351 316 275 235 262
Total Cases 601 533 419 393 414
Files Opened 4,613 4,479 3,976 4,131 3,557