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Lawyer Discipline Statistics

2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Bar Population 106,095 107,131 108,615 109,830 110,806
Total Disbarments 42 37 42 38 36
    Disbarment 34 28 32 28 28
    Permanent Disbarment 5 6 7 5 5
    License Revoked 1 2 0 3 1
    Disbarment on Consent 2 1 3 2 2
Total Suspensions 129 124 136 114  116
    Non-Rehabilitative Suspension 43 28 49 38 32
    Emergency Suspension 11 12 15 7 6
    Emergency Suspension (Final Sanction Pending) 8 13 3 3 5
    Felony Suspension 9 8 9 5 6
    Felony Suspension (Final Sanction Pending) 4 5 5 5 10
    *Interim Suspension 4 0 0 0 0
    Rehabilitative Suspension 42 48 40 49 50
    Suspension with Probation 8 9 15 7 7
    Suspension & Public Reprimand 0 1 0 0 0
    Suspension & Incapacity 0 0 0 0 0
Total Public Reprimands 37 33 32 31  33
    Public Reprimand 27 26 23 25 25
    Public Reprimand w/Probation 10 7 9 6 8
Disciplinary Revocation 29 35 40 20  27
    Revocation 20 27 32 16 19
    Permanent Revocation 9 8 8 4 8
Total Admonishments 33 23 35 32  35
    Admonishment 7 0 4 3 7
    Admonishment w/Probation 1 0 0 1 1
    GC Admonishment 25 23 31 28 27
Total Probations 42 21 9 9  16
    Probation 1 1 0 1 0
    Emergency Probation 0 0 0 1 0
    Conditional Admission Probation 41 20 9 7 16
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 Under the new rule, the emergency suspension is temporary and will eventually be superseded by further discipline.

2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Total Discipline Orders 275 235 262 224 236
Total Cases 419 393 414 318 388
Files Opened 3,976 4,131 3,557 3,364 3,380