Bar Rules

RULE 14-4.1 GENERALLY

State Bar Programs / Part XIV - Rules Governing the Investigation and Prosecution of the Unlicensed Practice of Law / 14-4. DISTRICT COMMITTEES / RULE 14-4.1 GENERALLY

(a) Appointment and Terms. Each District Committee shall be appointed by the Court and shall consist of not fewer than 3 members, at least one-third of whom shall be nonlawyers. All appointees shall be residents of the judicial district or have their principal office in the district. The terms of the members of District Committees shall be for 3 years from the date of appointment by the Court or until such time as their successors are appointed, except that it shall be the goal of the initial appointments that one-third (1/3) of the terms of the members appointed will expire annually. The members who initially serve terms of less than 2 years shall be eligible for immediate reappointment. Continuous service of a member shall not exceed 6 years. The expiration of the term of any member shall not disqualify that member from concluding any investigations pending before that member. Any member of a District Committee may be removed from office by the Court.

(b) Committee Chair. For each District Committee there shall be a chair designated by the Court. A vice-chair and secretary may be designated by the chair of each District Committee. The chair shall be a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

(c) Quorum. Three members of the District Committee or a majority of the members, whichever is less, shall constitute a quorum.

(d) Panels. The Chair of a District Committee may divide that Committee into panels of not fewer than 3 members, 1 of whom must be a nonlawyer. The 3-member panel shall elect 1 of its members to preside over the panel's actions. If the chair or vice-chair of the District Committee is a member of a 3-member panel, the chair or vice- chair shall be the presiding officer.

(e) Duties. It shall be the duty of each District Committee to investigate, with dispatch, all reports of unlicensed practice of law and to make prompt written report of its investigation and findings to staff counsel. In addition, the duties of the District Committee shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) closing cases not deemed by the District Committee to warrant further action by the State Bar of Georgia;
(2) closing cases proposed to be resolved by a cease and desist affidavit; and
(3) forwarding to staff counsel recommendations for litigation to be reviewed by the Standing Committee.

(f) District Committee Meetings. District Committees should meet at regularly scheduled times. Either the chair or vice chair may call special meetings. District Committees should meet as often as necessary during any period when the Committee has 1 or more pending cases assigned for investigation and report. The time, date and place of scheduled meetings should be set in advance by agreement between each Committee and staff counsel. Meetings may be conducted by telephone conference or by any other technology available and agreed upon by the Committee. Any participant, including staff counsel, may participate in the meeting by telephone conference or any other technology agreed upon by the Committee.



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