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Rule 14-518

Rule 14-518. Interim suspensionfor threat of harm.

(a) Transmittal of evidence.Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer subject to thedisciplinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court poses a substantial threat ofirreparable harm to the public and has either committed a violation of theRules of Professional Conduct or is under a disability as herein defined, OPCcounsel shall file a petition for interim suspension in the district court andgive notice in accordance with Utah Rule of Civil Procedure 65A. An action iscommenced under this rule when the petition for interim suspension is filed.

(b) Immediate interimsuspension. After conducting a hearing on the petition, the district court mayenter an order immediately suspending the respondent pending final dispositionof a disciplinary proceeding predicated upon the conduct causing the harm, ormay order such other action as deemed appropriate. If an order is entered:

(b)(1) the district court mayappoint a trustee, pursuant to Rule 14-527, to protect the interests of therespondent's clients; and

(b)(2) the OPC may file aformal complaint in the district court without presenting the matter to ascreening panel.

(c) Notice to clients. Arespondent suspended pursuant to paragraph (b) shall comply with the noticerequirements in Rule 14-526 as ordered by the district court.

(d) Motion for dissolution ofinterim suspension. On two days notice to OPC counsel, a respondent suspendedpursuant to paragraph (b) may appear and move for dissolution or modificationof the order of suspension, and in that event, the motion shall be heard anddetermined as expeditiously as the ends of justice require.