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2021 California Rules of Court

Rule 9.9. Online reporting by attorneys

(a) Required information

To maintain the roll of attorneys required by rule 9.8 and to facilitate communications by the State Bar with its licensees, each licensee must use an online account on a secure system provided by the State Bar to report a current:

(1)  Office address and telephone number, or if none, an alternative address; and

(2)  An e-mail address not to be disclosed on the State Bar's website or otherwise to the public without the licensee's consent.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2019.)

(b) Optional information

A licensee may also use an online attorney records account to:

(1)  Provide an e-mail address for disclosure to the public on the State Bar Web site; and

(2)  Provide additional information as authorized by statute, rule or Supreme Court directive, or as requested by the State Bar.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2019.)

(c) Exclusions

Unless otherwise permitted by law or the Supreme Court, the State Bar may not use e-mail as substitute means of providing a notice required to initiate a State Bar disciplinary or regulatory proceeding or to otherwise change a licensee's status involuntarily.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2019.)

(d) Exemption

A licensee who does not have online access or an e-mail address may claim an exemption from the reporting requirements of this rule. The exemption must be requested in the manner prescribed by the State Bar.

(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2019.)

Rule 9.9 amended effective January 1, 2019; adopted as rule 9.7 effective February 1, 2010; previously renumbered effective January 1, 2018.


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