Title 204—JUDICIAL SYSTEM GENERAL PROVISIONS
PART V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT
[ 204 PA. CODE CH. 93 ]
Amendments to Rules of Organization and Procedure of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Order No. 103
[52 Pa.B. 4915]
[Saturday, August 13, 2022]
By this Order, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amends its Board Rules and Procedures to modify Rule § 93.141 related to the annual attorney registration fee and waiver of the fee on the basis of financial hardship.
The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania finds that:
(1) To the extent that 42 Pa.C.S. § 1702 (relating to rule making procedures) and Article II of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240), known as the Commonwealth Documents Law, would otherwise require notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to the amendments adopted hereby, those proposed rulemaking procedures are inapplicable because the amendments adopted hereby relate to agency procedure and are perfunctory in nature.
(2) The amendments to the Rules of Organization and Procedure of the Board adopted hereby are not inconsistent with the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and are necessary and appropriate for the administration of the affairs of the Board.
The Board, acting pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 205(c)(12), orders:
(1) Title 204 of the Pennsylvania Code is hereby amended as set forth in Annex A hereto.
(2) The Executive Director shall duly certify this Order, and deposit the same with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as required by Pa.R.J.A. 103(c).
(3) The amendments adopted hereby shall take effect 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
By the Disciplinary Board of the
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
JESSE G. HEREDA,
TITLE 204. JUDICIAL SYSTEM GENERAL PROVISIONS
PART V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT
Subpart C. DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA
CHAPTER 93. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Subchapter G. FINANCIAL MATTERS
ANNUAL REGISTRATION OF ATTORNEYS
§ 93.141. Annual registration.
(a) General rule. Enforcement Rule 219(a) provides that every attorney admitted to practice law in this Commonwealth shall pay an annual fee of [$145.00] $195.00 and electronically file the annual fee form provided for under such rule by July 1; that the fee shall be collected under the supervision of the Attorney Registration Office, which shall make, the annual fee form available for filing through a link on the Board's website (http://www.padisciplinaryboard.org) or directly at https://ujsportal.pacourts.us. The fee shall be used to defray the costs of disciplinary administration and enforcement under the Enforcement Rules, and for such other purposes as the Board shall, with the approval of the Supreme Court, from time to time determine. Upon an attorney's written request submitted to the Attorney Registration Office and for good cause shown, the Attorney Registration Office shall grant an exemption from the electronic filing requirement and permit the attorney to file the annual fee form in paper form. An attorney may apply to the Board for a waiver of the annual fee on the basis of financial hardship by submitting a waiver application and required documentation to the Attorney Registration Office by July 1. Financial hardship shall be determined by reference to the federal poverty guidelines.
Note: Pa.R.P.C. 1.15(u) imposes an additional annual fee for use by the IOLTA Board, and Enforcement Rule 502(b) imposes an additional annual fee for use by the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security. The grant of a waiver under this subdivision (a) shall include waiver of the additional annual fees.
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(Editor's Note: As printed in 204 Pa. Code, § 93.141 reads ''an annual fee of $140.00'' rather than ''an annual fee of ''$145.00'' and ''Official Note'' rather than ''Note.'')
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1202. Filed for public inspection August 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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