(a) Commencing an Action. If thescreening panel finds probable cause to believe there are grounds for publicdiscipline that merit filing an Action, the OPC will file an Action in districtcourt. The Committee chair must be given notice of the screening panelrecommendation and a copy of the pleadings.
(b) Venue. The Action must bebrought:
(1) in thecounty in which an alleged offense occurred; or
(2) in the county where theRespondent resides, practices law, or last practiced law in Utah; provided,however, that if the Respondent is not a resident of Utah and the allegedoffense is not committed in Utah, the Action must be brought in a countydesignated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(c) Style of proceedings. Allproceedings instituted by the OPC must be styled: ?In the Matter of theDiscipline of (Respondent?s name and Bar number), Respondent.?
(d) Actions tried to the bench;findings and conclusions. All Actions tried according to this article willbe tried to the bench, and the district court will enter findings offact and conclusions of law. Neither masters nor commissioners may be used.
(e) Sanctions hearing. If thedistrict court finds misconduct, it will hold a hearing to receive relevant evidencein aggravation and mitigation, and will enter an order sanctioning theRespondent. Upon reasonable notice to the parties, the court, at itsdiscretion, may hold the sanctions hearing immediately after the misconductproceeding.
(f) Review. Either the OPC or theRespondent may appeal the discipline order to the Supreme Court.