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What to Expect in the Disciplinary Process.

The lawyer disciplinary process in North Carolina begins when a grievance is filed with the N.C. State Bar.  A grievance is an allegation that the conduct of a lawyer licensed to practice law in North Carolina has violated one or more of the formal rules governing lawyer conduct.  These rules are defined in the Rules of Professional Conduct.  The State Bar's Grievance Committee evaluates grievances to determine whether a lawyer has violated those Rules and, if so, imposes appropriate discipline or refers the matter for a trial. 

Sometimes the State Bar refers complaints against lawyers to a local grievance committee in one of 13 judicial districts across the state. These local grievance committees help the State Bar interview witnesses and gather documents.  The local grievance committee investigates and reports back to the state bar.  The state bar then makes the final determination on the file.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found at the State Bar's website,

How to file a complaint.

Once you have decided that you want to file a complaint you will need to do it with the North Carolina State Bar, it is easy to get started. Just fill out a State Bar complaint form or send them a letter describing the problem. You can get a complaint form by clicking here or by calling their office at 919-828-4620.

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