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RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES 35 TO 59

53.4. Sanctions And Appeal


    A. Delinquency -

1. Notice of Delinquency - On August 1, following the annual reporting date, any lawyer not in compliance with this rule shall be assessed a delinquency fee by the NHMCLE Board. Thereafter, the Board shall send a notice to the lawyer notifying the lawyer of the delinquency fee and directing the lawyer to comply with this rule for the prior reporting period.

2. Final Demand for Compliance - On September 1 following the annual reporting date, any lawyer not in compliance with this rule shall be assessed an additional delinquency fee by the NHMCLE Board. Thereafter the Board shall send a second notice of delinquency to the lawyer notifying the lawyer of the additional delinquency fee and demanding that the lawyer comply with the rule for the prior reporting period. On or about September 15 following the annual reporting date, the NHMCLE Board shall report to the Supreme Court the name of any lawyer who still has not complied with the requirements of the rule, or who has failed to certify that the lawyer is exempt from the requirements and/or has not paid any outstanding delinquency fee. Upon receiving this report, the court shall initiate a proceeding to suspend the lawyer from the practice of law.


    B. Reinstatement -

 

1.  Upon correction of the delinquency and payment to the NHMCLE Board of the delinquency fee, the delinquent lawyer shall be recorded as in compliance by the NHMCLE Board. However, if the lawyer shall have been suspended due to such delinquency, the suspended lawyer must also submit a petition to the Supreme Court for reinstatement. The petition for reinstatement shall be accompanied by the required file fee.

2.  If reinstatement is requested more than one year after the date of the order suspending the person from the practice of law in this State, then the request shall be accompanied by evidence of continuing competence and learning in the law, and evidence of continuing moral character and fitness. Said evidence shall be attached to the petition for reinstatement.  If the evidence of continuing competence and learning in the law, and evidence of continuing moral character and fitness, are satisfactory to the court, the court may order reinstatement upon such conditions as it deems appropriate. 

If the evidence of continuing competence and learning in the law is not satisfactory to the court, the court shall refer the petition for reinstatement to the professional conduct committee for review. The professional conduct committee shall review the petition and conduct such proceedings as it deems necessary to make a recommendation to the court as to whether the petition should be granted. The professional conduct committee shall file its recommendation and findings, together with the record, with the court. Following the submission of briefs, if necessary, and oral argument, if any, the court shall enter a final order.

If the evidence of continuing moral character and fitness is not satisfactory to the court, the court shall order the applicant to file with the committee on character and fitness and with the clerk of the supreme court the petition and questionnaire referred to in Supreme Court Rule 42 VI(c). Further proceedings shall be governed by Rule 42.

 

C. False Statements - Should the NHMCLE Board have reasonable grounds to believe that a lawyer has knowingly misrepresented his or her CLE activity, the Board shall notify the Attorney Discipline Office of the New Hampshire Supreme Court forthwith.

 

 

 


   

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