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The Rules of Professional Conduct

These Rules set forth the minimum ethical standards for the practice of law and constitute a set of Rules that all attorneys must follow. These Rules were originally promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 1, 1988.

Click here for the amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct which occurred after the printing of the blue RPC Booklet in November 2013. (As an accompaniment to the blue RPC Booklet, we recommend that you print this double-sided on letter size paper).

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The Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

These Rules establish the attorney disciplinary system in Pennsylvania and set forth a broad set of procedural Rules governing attorney discipline. These Rules were originally adopted by the Supreme Court in November 1972.

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Disciplinary Board Rules and Procedures

These Rules supplement and implement the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, and govern proceedings before the Disciplinary Board. These Rules are promulgated by the Disciplinary Board.

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Other Relevant Provisions

The Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rules

These Rules govern the admission of applicants and attorneys from other jurisdictions to the practice of law in Pennsylvania.

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The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

These Rules and regulations define the responsibilities of Pennsylvania attorneys to pursue legal education.

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The Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts Board Rules and Regulations

These Rules and regulations govern the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts program.

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The Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security

These Rules and regulations govern the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security.

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The Code of Civility

This code consists of voluntary principles designed to encourage judges and attorneys to meet their obligations toward each other and the judicial system.

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The Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct

The Code assists judges in practicing the highest standards of judicial and personal conduct and establishes a basis for regulating judges’ conduct.

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Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

This policy makes case records open and accessible to the public while safeguarding sensitive, private information contained in those records. Filings with the Disciplinary Board must comply with this policy. See here for more details.

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