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History

The Disciplinary Board’s goals are to protect the public, maintain the integrity of the legal profession and to safeguard the reputation of the courts.

In March 1972, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, which became effective in November 1972, and created the Disciplinary Board. The Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement gave the Disciplinary Board exclusive jurisdiction over attorney discipline, developed the structure of the current system, provided for full-time counsel and for the appointment of members to the Disciplinary Board and to Hearing Committees. The Court also established four district offices, each responsible for a specified number of counties. The Disciplinary Board Rules, which are procedural in nature, implement the authority and duties of the Board and Hearing Committees, as provided by the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.

The purpose of the disciplinary system is to assist the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in performing its constitutional duty to regulate attorney conduct. The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. It is funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth. The Disciplinary Board receives no tax funds.