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Rule 14-602

Rule 14-602. Purpose and natureof sanctions.

(a) Summary. This article isbased on the Black Letter Rules contained in the Standards for Imposing LawyerSanctions prepared by the American Bar Association's Center for ProfessionalResponsibility. They have been substantially revised by the Supreme Court.Notably, ABA Standards 4 through 8 have been reduced into a single Rule 14-605.

(b) Purpose of lawyerdiscipline proceedings. The purpose of imposing lawyer sanctions is to ensureand maintain the high standard of professional conduct required of those whoundertake the discharge of professional responsibilities as lawyers, and toprotect the public and the administration of justice from lawyers who havedemonstrated by their conduct that they are unable or likely to be unable todischarge properly their professional responsibilities.

(c) Public nature of lawyerdiscipline proceedings. Ultimate disposition of lawyer discipline shall bepublic in cases of disbarment, suspension, and reprimand, and nonpublic incases of admonition.

(d) Purpose of these rules.These rules are designed for use in imposing a sanction or sanctions followinga determination that a member of the legal profession has violated a provisionof the Rules of Professional Conduct. Descriptions in these rules ofsubstantive disciplinary offenses are not intended to create grounds fordetermining culpability independent of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Therules constitute a system for determining sanctions, permitting flexibility andcreativity in assigning sanctions in particular cases of lawyer misconduct.They are designed to promote:

(d)(1) consideration of allfactors relevant to imposing the appropriate level of sanction in an individualcase;

(d)(2) consideration of theappropriate weight of such factors in light of the stated goals of lawyerdiscipline; and

(d)(3) consistency in theimposition of disciplinary sanctions for the same or similar offenses withinand among jurisdictions.