The Rules of the State Bar outline the practices of the State Bar, including its governance, admissions and educational standards and programs and services.
The Rules of Professional Conduct establish standards of legal ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers in California. These rules are regularly reviewed by a State Bar of California commission. Any proposed changes must be adopted by the State Bar Board of Trustees and approved by the California Supreme Court.
On May 10 the California Supreme Court issued an order approving new Rules of Professional Conduct that had been proposed by the State Bar. The new rules go into effect on November 10, 2018.
The State Bar keeps the public and attorneys notified of new and amended rules that are pending California Supreme Court approval or that have an effective date in the future.
There are a number of California statutes that relate to the practice of law and the State Bar of California.