The Florida Bar Referee Resources
These resources are provided to inform and guide referees as they carry out their duties in disciplinary cases.
Ethics Opinion Search: Search for nonbinding opinions by subject or number.
Florida Bar Referee Manual: This guide is designed to summarize trials by referees in disciplinary proceedings.
Guidelines for Professional Conduct: Direction to lawyers and judges concerning how lawyers should conduct themselves in all phases of trial practice.
Oath of Admission: General principles guiding the practice of law that are sworn to upon admission to The Florida Bar.
Regulation of Lawyer Conduct: Processing and investigation of inquiries and complaints are basic responsibilities of the Bar as mandated by the Florida Supreme Court.
Rules Regulating The Florida Bar: The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar contain — among other topics — the Bylaws of The Florida Bar organization, the Rules of Discipline, the Rules of Professional Conduct, and other chapters on specific regulatory topics.
Standards for Lawyer Sanctions: Bar counsel, referees and the Florida Supreme Court follow these standards before recommending or imposing discipline.
Supreme Court Opinions in Florida Bar Discipline Cases: This searchable database can be filtered by rule, discipline imposed, or keyword(s).
Unlicensed Practice: The Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) program was established by the Supreme Court of Florida to protect the public against harm caused by unlicensed individuals practicing law.