§ 89.205. Informal admonition, private reprimand or public reprimand following formal hearing.

 (a)  General rule. Enforcement Rule 208(d)(2)(ii) provides that in the event that the Board determines that the proceeding should be concluded by informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand, the Board shall arrange to have the respondent-attorney appear in person before Disciplinary Counsel for the purpose of receiving informal admonition or before a designated panel of three members selected by the Board Chair pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 205(c)(11) for the purpose of receiving private reprimand or public reprimand, in which case the designated member shall deliver the private reprimand or public reprimand.

 (b)  Taxation of expenses. Enforcement Rule 208(g)(2) provides that in the event a proceeding is concluded by informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand, the Board in its discretion may direct that the necessary expenses incurred in the investigation and prosecution of the proceeding shall be paid by the respondent-attorney, and that all expenses so taxed shall be paid by the respondent-attorney on or before the date fixed for the appearance of the respondent-attorney before Disciplinary Counsel for informal admonition or the Board for private or public reprimand. The expenses taxable under this subsection shall be those prescribed by §  93.111 (relating to determination of reimbursable expenses).

 (c)  Notice to appear.

   (1)  In the event that the Board determines that the proceeding should be concluded by public reprimand, the Office of the Secretary shall notify the respondent-attorney and staff counsel by means of Form DB-12.2 (FP) (Notice to Appear for Public Reprimand Following Formal Proceedings) which shall state that Enforcement Rule 203(b)(2) and (c) expressly provides that willful failure to appear before the Board for public reprimand shall be an independent ground for discipline and that the Board is a ‘‘tribunal’’ within the meaning of the Disciplinary Rules (see, e.g., Rules 3.3, 3.4(c) and 3.5).

   (2)  In the event that the Board determines that the proceeding should be concluded by private reprimand, the Office of the Secretary shall notify the respondent-attorney and staff counsel by means of Form DB-12(FP) (Notice to Appear for Private Reprimand Following Formal Proceedings) which shall state that Enforcement Rule 203(b)(2) and (c) expressly provides that willful failure to appear before the Board for private reprimand shall be an independent ground for discipline and that the Board is a ‘‘tribunal’’ within the meaning of the Disciplinary Rules (see, e.g., Rules 3.3, 3.4(c) and 3.5).

   (3)  In the event that the Board determines that the proceeding should be concluded by informal admonition, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel shall notify the respondent-attorney and staff counsel by means of Form DB-12.1(FP) (Notice to Appear for Informal Admonition Following Formal Proceedings), which shall state that Enforcement Rule 203(b)(2) and (c) expressly provides that willful failure to appear before Disciplinary Counsel for informal admonition shall be an independent ground for discipline and that Disciplinary Counsel, when administering informal admonitions, constitutes a ‘‘tribunal’’ within the meaning of the Disciplinary Rules (see, e.g., Rules 3.3, 3.4(c) and 3.5).

   (4)  The Office of the Secretary shall notify the respondent-attorney of the expenses of the proceeding which have been taxed pursuant to subsection (b) by means of Form DB-41 (Notice of Taxation of Expenses), which shall state that if the respondent-attorney fails to pay the taxed expenses on or before the date fixed for the appearance of the respondent-attorney before the Board for private or public reprimand or before Disciplinary Counsel for informal admonition, action will be taken by the Board pursuant to §  93.112 (relating to failure to pay taxed expenses) which will result in the entry of an order placing the respondent-attorney on administrative suspension.

 (d)  Appearance. An attorney who is given notice to appear for informal admonition or private reprimand shall appear in person at the time and place fixed in such notice, for the purpose of receiving such informal admonition or private reprimand. A permanent record shall be made of the fact of and basis for such action as is taken. The fact of receipt of such informal admonition or private reprimand shall not affect the good standing of the respondent-attorney as an attorney and shall be kept confidential to the extent provided in Chapter 93 Subchapter F (relating to confidentiality). An attorney who is given notice to appear for public reprimand shall appear in person at the time and place fixed in such notice, for the purpose of receiving such public reprimand. The proceeding shall be open to the public as provided in §  93.102(a) (relating to access to disciplinary information and confidentiality), and a record shall be made of the fact of and basis for the public reprimand, which record shall be public.

 (e)  Failure to appear. The neglect or refusal of the respondent-attorney to appear before Disciplinary Counsel for the purposes of informal admonition without good cause shall automatically convert the decision of the Board on informal admonition into one for private reprimand. The neglect or refusal of the respondent-attorney to appear before the Board for the purposes of private or public reprimand without good cause shall automatically convert the decision of the Board on private or public reprimand into a recommendation to the Supreme Court for censure, and the Office of the Secretary shall notify the respondent-attorney and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel accordingly.

 (f)  Demand for Supreme Court review.

   (1)  Enforcement Rule 208(d)(2)(iii) provides that a respondent-attorney who is unwilling to have the matter concluded by an informal admonition or private reprimand must file, within 30 days after notice of the determination of the Board, a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court. Enforcement Rule 208(d)(2)(iii) provides that within 30 days after notice of the determination of the Board, the respondent-attorney must file a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court.

   (2)  A respondent-attorney who objects to an order taxing expenses in connection with a matter concluded by informal admonition or private reprimand may file a petition for review of such order in the Supreme Court under 42 Pa.C.S. § §  725(5) and 5105(a)(2) (relating to direct appeals from constitutional and judicial agencies and right to appellate review). See 210 Pa. Code Chapter 15 (relating to judicial review of governmental determinations) with respect to the time limits for seeking review and other applicable procedures.

Source

   The provisions of this §  89.205 amended August 30, 1985, effective August 31, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 3080; amended January 15, 1988, effective April 1, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 242; amended December 7, 1990, effective immediately, 20 Pa.B. 6042; amended February 24, 2006, effective immediately, 36 Pa.B. 929; amended August 6, 2011, effective immediately, 41 Pa.B. 4202; amended August 11, 2012, effective immediately, 42 Pa.B. 5156. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (358053) to (358055).



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