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SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS - OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
2100 Riverfront Drive, Suite 200, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-1747
Telephone: (501) 376-0313 / Toll Free: (800) 506-6631 / Facsimile: (501) 376-3438
GRIEVANCE FORM AGAINST ATTORNEY - PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT TO US AND WE SUBMIT TO YOU IS CONFIDENTIAL UNDER
SUPREME COURT RULE. ANYONE VIOLATING THIS CONFIDENTIALITY MAY BE FOUND TO BE IN
CONTEMPT OF THE COURT AND PUNISHED BY FINE OR JAIL.
Function of The Committee on Professional Conduct:
The Committee on Professional Conduct has the authority to discipline attorneys for violation of the Arkansas Rules
of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court. The Committee can issue letters of warning, caution or
reprimand, suspend the attorney’s license or file in court seeking disbarment. The Committee’s authority is limited to
matters addressed by the Rules and to the sanctions set out above. It has no authority to compel an attorney to take
any particular course of action nor does the Committee become involved in litigation of legal matters. Please
understand that the Office of Professional Conduct cannot represent you, give you any legal advice, effect or change
the outcome of a court decision, or recover money for you.
Filing a Complaint:
If you feel that an attorney has acted in a manner that violates the standards of professional conduct, fill out, as
completely as possible, the attached grievance form and return it to this office.
Include photocopies of any
documents, letters, agreements, checks, receipts or other papers and/or material that are relevant to your
complaint. Please do not mark, write, underline, make notations, or comments on any records, transcripts,
letters, documents or other written material that you attach to your grievance form as supporting
documentation. If sufficient cause is found to file a formal complaint, some or all of your supporting documentation
may be included as exhibits. If you wish to specifically point out some part of a particular document, you may refer
to it in the narrative portion of your grievance form. Please insure that the narrative account of the lawyer’s actions of
which you complain is
FACTUAL. Conclusory statements such as “He’s a liar”, “He didn’t do me right”, “He’s
incompetent”, etc., have no evidentiary value and do not assist in the evaluation of your complaint. If you feel the
attorney did not represent you correctly, you should consult a private attorney about your legal rights. You
should not wait for the outcome of any investigation or action by our office or the Committee.
We will review the information in your complaint form, conduct any necessary investigation, and inform you whether
your concerns fall within the Committee’s limited authority. If a formal complaint is warranted, we will assist you in
the preparation of an affidavit of complaint. The formal complaint and a copy of your affidavit will be sent to the
attorney, who may submit a response. You will get a copy of any response and have the opportunity for rebuttal, if
appropriate. All these documents will then be forwarded to the Committee for its review and action. You will be
advised in writing of the Committee’s final action. In some instances, the Committee will conduct a public hearing on
a complaint. If that should occur, you may have to appear and testify at the hearing. This office does not provide
copies of the Arkansas Supreme Court Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct. If you have access to the internet
these rules can be found at the website http://courts.arkansas.gov
under “Attorney Discipline.”
ANY DOCUMENTS YOU ATTACH TO THE GRIEVANCE FORM ARE RETAINED IN OUR OFFICE.
It is important you keep all original documents. Our office only needs clear, photocopied documents
attached to the grievance. Should you need copies of documents in your file in the future, you will be
charged $.25 cent per page.