(a) The purpose of Lawyer disciplinaryand disability proceedings is to ensure and maintain the high standard ofprofessional conduct required of those who undertake the discharge ofprofessional responsibilities as Lawyers and to protect the public and theadministration of justice from those who have demonstrated by their conduct thatthey are unable or unlikely to properly discharge their professionalresponsibilities.
(b) Under Article VIII, Section 4 of theConstitution of Utah, the Utah Supreme Court has exclusive authority withinUtah to adopt and enforce rules governing the practice of law, includinglicensure to practice law in Utah and the conduct and discipline of personslicensed to practice law.
(c) All disciplinary proceedings must beconducted in accordance with these rules. Formal disciplinary and disabilityproceedings are civil in nature. These rules will be construed to achievesubstantial justice and fairness in disciplinary matters with dispatch and atthe least expense to all concerned parties.
(d) The interests of the public, thecourts, and the legal profession all require that disciplinary proceedings atall levels be undertaken and construed to secure the just and speedy resolutionof every complaint.
(e) Unless provided otherwise, to theextent consistent with their limited license, licensed paralegal practitionersand foreign legal consultants must be treated in the same manner as lawyers forpurposes of interpreting and implementing these rules.