Summary of proposed amendments:
Rules Governing the Utah State Bar
USB 14-0503. Ethics and Discipline Committee.
Amend. Adds a vice chair to the Ethics and Discipline Committee and establishes a screening panel member removal process.
USB 14-0510. Prosecution and appeals.
Amend. Provides that a judicial officer's failure to address or report alleged attorney misconduct is not evidence that misconduct has or has not occurred. Establishes that a screening panel's involvement in the diversion process ceases once the material terms of a diversion contract have been agreed to.
USB 14-0533. Diversion. Amend.
Provides that OPC, as secretary to the screening panel, memorializes the diversion contract.
Petition to Create Ethics Advisory Opinion Safe Harbor. USB 14-0504.
OPC counsel. Amend. Prohibits OPC from prosecuting a lawyer for an act expressly authorized by an ethics advisory opinion. Provides that a court is not bound by an the interpretation of an ethics advisory opinion. Permits OPC to request that the ethics advisory opinion committee review, modify or withdraw an ethics advisory opinion. Permits OPC to request that the supreme court review, affirm, reverse or modify an ethics advisory opinion.