LEGAL ETHICS California State Bar Proposes Rule Requiring Lawyers to Report Ethical Violations

May 19, 2023

In a move aimed at enhancing lawyer oversight and addressing concerns of professional misconduct, the State Bar of California’s board of trustees has voted in favor of a new ethics rule that would require lawyers to report fraudulent activities, misappropriation of funds, and other criminal acts committed by their fellow attorneys. Referred to as the “snitch rule” by critics, the proposed change marks a significant shift in the state’s legal landscape. The rule, if adopted, would bring California in line with every other state that already mandates lawyers to report ethical violations.

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