Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewers

first_img April 15, 2006 Regular News Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewers Bar board considers new guidelines for grievance reviewerscenter_img The Bar Board of Governors has received policies to guide board members when they act as designated reviewers in grievance cases, and approved another policy to help streamline the review of referees’ rulings.The Disciplinary Procedure Committee presented changes to Standing Board Policy 15.76 at the board’s recent meeting.DPC Chair Murray Silverstein noted the policies incorporated recommendations from the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation and are intended to help board members when they review grievance committee actions.The policies say the designated reviewer should give deference to the grievance committee’s decision; that the reviewer is acting as an evaluator of the process, not an adjudicator; that the reviewer should consider the nature of the grievance committee’s vote, including whether it was unanimous; and that if the reviewer has a question about a committee action, it should be sent back to that grievance committee. If the designated reviewer still has a problem after the committee’s reconsideration, then that should be presented to the Bar’s Disciplinary Review Committee.The policies will come back to the board for final approval in April.The board did approve a change to Bar Rule 3-7.6, which Silverstein said was a housekeeping issue. The change specifies that the Bar counsel in a grievance case will help the referee prepare the records of a case, certify it as complete, provide a copy to the respondent, and see that it is sent to the Supreme Court.That rule amendment will be submitted to the court for review.last_img