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27 North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 1

The rules of the North Carolina State Bar are published officially in the North Carolina Reports and in Title 27 of the North Carolina Administrative Code.  These rules were adopted by the North Carolina State Bar Council and approved by the North Carolina Supreme Court pursuant to N.C.G.S. §84-21.  The Rules of Professional Conduct, which establish the ethical code of conduct for North Carolina lawyers, are codified in Chapter 2 of Title 27 of the N.C. Administrative Code and are found on the website under a separate entry in the menu called, "Rules of Professional Conduct." The rules that follow are codified in Chapter 1 of Title 27 of the N.C. Administrative Code; they govern the administration of the State Bar, including such things as the organization of the State Bar council, membership and dues requirements, procedures for the discipline of lawyers, and the regulation of organizations practicing law. They also contain the procedures for the various programs of the North Carolina State Bar, including the client security fund, continuing legal education, specialization, IOLTA (interest on lawyers’ trust accounts), and the Lawyer Assistance Program.

A “History Note” after each rule sets forth the statutory authority for the rule. The date of original approval of the rule by the North Carolina Supreme Court is identified as the “Adopted” date. However, in 1994 all State Bar rules in existence at that time were reorganized and renumbered for accurate placement in the North Carolina Administrative Code. To accomplish this task, the Supreme Court approved the re-adoption of the rules on December 8, 1994. Therefore, “Readopted Effective December 8, 1994” appears after many of the rules. The date upon which an amendment to a rule was approved by the Supreme Court is identified as the “Amended” date.  

Proposed Rule Amendments

Proposed amendments to the Rules of the North Carolina State Bar (both the administrative rules and the Rules of Professional Conduct) are published for comment during the quarter after the North Carolina State Bar Council approves their publication. The proposed amendments are published in the North Carolina State Bar's Journal and on this website.

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