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Rule 15-603. Sanctions.

(a) Scope. A disciplinarysanction is imposed on a licensed paralegal practitioner upon a finding oracknowledgement that the licensed paralegal practitioner has engaged inprofessional misconduct.

(b) Delicensure.Delicensure terminates the individual's status as alicensed paralegal practitioner. A licensed paralegal practitioner who has beendelicensed may be relicensed as provided in Rule 15-525 of Article 5, LicensedParalegal Practitioner Discipline and Disability.

(c) Suspension. Suspensionis the removal of a licensed paralegal practitioner from the practice of law asa licensed paralegal practitioner for a specified minimum period of time.Generally, suspension should be imposed for a specific period of time equal to orgreater than six months, but in no event should the time period prior toapplication for reinstatement be more than three years.

(c)(1) A licensed paralegalpractitioner who has been suspended for six months or less may be reinstated asset forth in Rule 15-524 of Article 5, Licensed Paralegal PractitionerDiscipline and Disability.

(c)(2) A licensed paralegalpractitioner who has been suspended for more than six months may be reinstatedas set forth in Rule 15-525 of Article 5, Licensed Paralegal PractitionerDiscipline and Disability.

(d) Interim suspension.Interim suspension is the temporary suspension of a licensed paralegalpractitioner from the practice of law as a licensed paralegal practitioner.Interim suspension may be imposed as set forth in Rules 15-518 and 15-519 ofArticle 5, Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Discipline and Disability.

(e) Reprimand. Reprimand ispublic discipline which declares the conduct of the licensed paralegalpractitioner improper, but does not limit the paralegal practitioner?s right topractice.

(f) Admonition. Admonitionis nonpublic discipline which declares the conduct of the licensed paralegalpractitioner improper, but does not limit the licensed paralegal practitioner?sright to practice.

(g) Probation. Probation isa sanction that allows a licensed paralegal practitioner to practice law as alicensed paralegal practitioner under specified conditions. Probation can bepublic or nonpublic, can be imposed alone or in conjunction with othersanctions, and can be imposed as a condition of relicensureor reinstatement.

(h) Resignation withdiscipline pending. Resignation with discipline pending is a form of publicdiscipline which allows a respondent to resign from the practice of law as alicensed paralegal practitioner while either an informal or formal complaint ispending against the respondent. Resignation with discipline pending may beimposed as set forth in Rule 15-521 of Article 5, Licensed ParalegalPractitioner Discipline and Disability.

(i)Other sanctions and remedies. Other sanctions and remedies which may be imposedinclude:

(i)(1) restitution;

(i)(2) assessment of costs;

(i)(3) limitation uponpractice;

(i)(4) appointment of areceiver;

(i)(5) a requirement that thelicensed paralegal practitioner take the licensing examination or the licensedparalegal practitioner professional responsibility examination; and

(i)(6) a requirement that thelicensed paralegal practitioner attend continuing education courses.

(j) Reciprocal discipline.Reciprocal discipline is the imposition of a disciplinary sanction on alicensed paralegal practitioner who has been disciplined in another court,another jurisdiction, or a regulatory body having disciplinary jurisdiction.

Effective November 1, 2018