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Rule 15-518. Interim suspension forthreat of harm.

(a) Transmittal of evidence.Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a licensed paralegalpractitioner subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Courtposes a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public and has eithercommitted a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or is under adisability as herein defined, OPC counsel shall file a petition for interimsuspension in the district court and give notice in accordance with Utah Ruleof Civil Procedure 65A. An action is commenced under this rule when thepetition 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 courtmay appoint a trustee, pursuant to Rule 15-527, to protect the interests of therespondent's clients; and

(b)(2) theOPC may file a formal complaint in the district court without presenting thematter to a screening panel.

(c) Notice to clients. Arespondent suspended pursuant to paragraph (b) shall comply with the noticerequirements in Rule 15-526 as ordered by the district court.

(d) Motion for dissolutionof interim suspension. On two days? notice to OPC counsel, a respondentsuspended pursuant to paragraph (b) may appear and move for dissolution ormodification of the order of suspension, and in that event, the motion shall beheard and determined as expeditiously as the ends of justice require.

 

Effective November 1, 2018