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2021 California Rules of Court

Rule 9.22. Suspension of licensees of the State Bar for failure to comply with judgment or order for child or family support

(a) Annual State Bar recommendation for suspension of delinquent licensees

Under Family Code section 17520, the State Bar is authorized to transmit to the Supreme Court on an annual basis the names of those licensees listed by the State Department of Social Services as delinquent in their payments of court-ordered child or family support with a recommendation for their suspension from the practice of law.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2019; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(b) Condition for reinstatement of suspended licensees

A licensee suspended under this rule may be reinstated only after receipt by the Supreme Court of notification from the State Bar that the licensee's name has been removed from the State Department of Social Services list.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2019; adopted as part of subd (a) effective January 31, 1993; previously amended and lettered effective January 1, 2007.)

(c) Additional recommendation for suspension by the State Bar

Under Family Code section 17520(l), the State Bar is further authorized to promptly transmit to the Supreme Court with a recommendation for their suspension from the practice of law the names of those licensees previously listed by the State Department of Social Services as delinquent in their payments of court-ordered child or family support, who obtained releases under Family Code section 17520(h), and who have subsequently been identified by the Department of Social Services as again being delinquent.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2019; adopted as part of subd (a) effective January 31, 1993; previously amended and lettered effective January 1, 2007.)

(d) Authorization for the Board of Trustees of the State Bar to adopt rules and regulations

The Board of Trustees of the State Bar is authorized to adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate in order to comply with this rule. The rules and regulations of the State Bar must contain procedures governing the notification, suspension, and reinstatement of licensees of the State Bar in a manner not inconsistent with Family Code section 17520.

(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2019; adopted as subd (b) effective January 31, 1993; previously amended and relettered effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 9.22 amended effective January 1, 2019; adopted as rule 962 effective January 31, 1993; previously amended by the Supreme Court effective April 1, 1996; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007.

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