Article 5. Lawyer Discipline and Disability

Rule 14-501. Purpose, authority, scope and structure of lawyer disciplinary and disability proceedings.

(a) The purpose of lawyer disciplinary and disability proceedings is to ensure and maintain the high standard of professional conduct required of those who undertake the discharge of professional responsibilities as lawyers and to protect the public and the administration of justice from those who have demonstrated by their conduct that they are unable or unlikely to properly discharge their professional responsibilities.

(b) Under Article VIII, Section 4 of the Constitution of Utah, the Utah Supreme Court has exclusive authority within Utah to adopt and enforce rules governing the practice of law, including admission to practice law and the conduct and discipline of persons admitted to practice law.

(c) All disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with this article and Article 6, Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions. Formal disciplinary and disability proceedings are civil in nature. These rules shall be construed so as to achieve substantial justice and fairness in disciplinary matters with dispatch and at the least expense to all concerned parties.

(d) The interests of the public, the courts, and the legal profession all require that disciplinary proceedings at all levels be undertaken and construed to secure the just and speedy resolution of every complaint.