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Proposed amendment to Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California, rule 5.41, Authorizing “Notice Pleading” in Notice of Disciplinary Charges
The proposed amendment to rule 5.41, Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California, clarifies that notice pleading shall suffice in the Notice of Disciplinary Charges.
Rule 5.41 governs the contents and manner in which misconduct must be alleged in the Notice of Disciplinary Charges, which is the formal charging document in State Bar disciplinary proceedings. Subsections (B)(1-3) of rule 5.41 reflect the minimum requirements expected in a Notice of Disciplinary Charges and are not inconsistent with notice pleading. The proposed amendment to rule 5.41 clarifies that the Notice of Disciplinary Charges need not contain technical averments or any allegations of matters not essential to be proved and that the statement of facts shall be written in concise and ordinary language.
Proposed Amendment to Rule of Procedure 5.41
Agenda Item Authorizing Release For Public Comment
Office of The Chief Trial Counsel
April 26, 2013
James (Jim) P. Fox
Office of the Chief Trial Counsel
State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639