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State Bar Says Complaint Backlog at Seven-Year Low

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The backlog of disciplinary complaints against California attorneys is at its lowest level since 2009, the State Bar reported Friday.

The State Bar’s “Annual Discipline Report,” released Friday, shows that the number of complaints that had been pending for more than six months was 1,500 as of the end of last year. The comparable figure at the end of 2014 was 1,988.

In a transmittal letter accompanying the report, which is mandated by the State Bar Act, Executive Director Elizabeth R. Parker said the organization has been working diligently to whittle down the backlog and to implement reforms proposed in a state audit. Auditors said last year that in its effort to shorten the backlog, the State Bar rushed disciplinary cases, was soft on offending attorneys and spent $50 million over-budget to renovate its building in Los Angeles.

Parker said the number of attorneys suspended or disbarred has increased, even though complaints are down overall, and said the State Bar’s “new leadership” is committed to “transparency, accountability, and excellence.”

 

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