Rule 14-414. Certificate of compliance; filing, late, and reinstatement fees; suspension; reinstatement.

(a) Certificate of compliance. On or before July 31 each year, each lawyer or paralegal practitioner subject to MCLE requirements must file a Certificate of Compliance with the Board, appropriately evidencing the lawyer’s or paralegal practitioner’s completion of Accredited CLE ending the preceding 30th day of June. The Certificate of Compliance must include:

(a)(1) the title of the In-person CLE, Remote Group CLE, Verified E-CLE, or Self-Study CLE, including the title of the audio or video presentation, computer interactive webcast, or telephonic program attended, viewed or listened to;

(a)(2) the name of the CLE provider;

(a)(3) the type of CLE (In-person CLE, Remote Group CLE, Verified E- CLE, or Self-Study CLE);

(a)(4) for Self-Study CLE, a description of the self-study material; and

(a)(5) the number of hours in actual attendance at each In-person CLE, the number of hours in actual attendance at each Remote Group CLE, the minimum actual viewing time of each Verified E-CLE, and the number of hours of each audio or video presentation;

(a)(6) if any CLE hours are limited to certain lawyers or paralegal practitioners in accordance with Rule 14-411(f), the number of limited hours and an explanation establishing compliance with that rule; and

(a)(7) other information as the Board requires.

(b) Filing fees, late fees and reinstatement fees.

(b)(1) Each lawyer or paralegal practitioner shall pay a filing fee in the amount of $10 at the time of filing the Certificate of Compliance under subsection (a).

(b)(2) Any lawyer or paralegal practitioner who fails to complete the MCLE requirement by the June 30 deadline, or fails to file by the July 31 deadline, will be assessed a $100 late fee.

(b)(3) Lawyers and paralegal practitioners who fail to comply with the MCLE requirements and are administratively suspended under Rule 14-415 will be assessed, in addition to the filing fee and late fee, a $200 reinstatement fee or, if the failure to comply is a repeat violation within the past 5 years, a $500 reinstatement fee.

(c) Maintaining proof of compliance. Each lawyer or paralegal practitioner will maintain proof to substantiate the information provided on the filed Certificate of Compliance. The proof may contain, but is not limited to, certificates of completion or attendance from sponsors, certificates from course leaders, or materials related to credit. The lawyer or paralegal practitioner must retain this proof for a period of four years from the end of the period for which the Certificate of Compliance is filed. Proof must be submitted to the Board upon written request.

(d) Failure to provide proof of compliance; rebuttable presumption. Failure by the lawyer or paralegal practitioner to produce proof of compliance within 15 days after written request by the Board constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the lawyer or paralegal practitioner has not complied with the MCLE requirements for the applicable time period.

(e) Verification period. The Board may, at any time within four years after the Certificate of Compliance has been filed, commence verification proceedings to determine a lawyer’s or paralegal practitioner’s compliance with this article.

Effective May 1, 2021.