Rule 15-502. Definitions.

As used in this article:

(a) "Bar" means the Utah State Bar;

(b) "Board" means the Board of Commissioners of the Utah State Bar;

(c) "Committee" means the Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah Supreme Court;

(d) "complainant" means the person who files an informal complaint or the OPC when the OPC determines to open an investigation based on information it has received;

(e) "formal complaint" means a complaint filed in the district court alleging misconduct by a licensed paralegal practitioner or seeking the transfer of a licensed paralegal practitioner to disability status;

(f) "informal complaint" means any written, notarized allegation of misconduct by or incapacity of a licensed paralegal practitioner which also contains a verification attesting to the accuracy of the information provided;

(g) “Lawyer Rule” or “Lawyer Rules” means the rules of Lawyer Discipline and Disability in Chapter 14, Article 5 of the Rules of Professional Practice of the Supreme Court.

(h) "NOIC" means Notice of Informal Complaint sent to the respondent after a preliminary investigation;

(i) "OPC" means the Bar's Office of Professional Conduct;

(j) "OPC counsel" means senior counsel and any assistant counsel employed to assist senior counsel;

(k) "respondent" means a licensed paralegal practitioner subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Utah Supreme Court against whom an informal or formal complaint has been filed;

(l) "Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct" means the rules in Article 12, Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct;

(m) “Rule” means, except where indicated otherwise, one of the rules of Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Discipline and Disability;

(n) "screening panel" means members of the Committee who participate in hearings and make determinations under Rule 15-503;

(o) "senior counsel" means the lawyer appointed by the Board to manage the OPC; and

(p) "Supreme Court" means the Utah Supreme Court.


Effective November 1, 2018