WSR 06-23-022

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ November 2, 2006 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF NEW APR 26 )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-859


The Washington State Bar Association having recommended the adoption of the proposed New APR 26, and the Court having determined that the proposed rule will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice and further determined that an emergency exists which necessitates an early adoption;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) That the New APR 26 as attached hereto is adopted.

(b) That pursuant to the emergency provisions of GR 9 (j)(1), the New APR 26 will be published expeditiously and become effective July 1, 2007.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 2nd day of November, 2006.
Alexander, C.J.


C. Johnson, J.


Chambers, J.



Owens, J.



Fairhurst, J.


Bridge, J.


J. M. Johnson, J.



SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

ADMISSION TO PRACTICE RULES (APR)

APR 26 INSURANCE DISCLOSURE

(NEW RULE)



(a) Each active member of the Bar Association shall certify annually in a form approved by the Board of Governors by the date specified by the form (1) whether the lawyer is engaged in the private practice of law; (2) if engaged in the private practice of law, whether the lawyer is currently covered by professional liability insurance; (3) whether the lawyer intends to maintain insurance during the period of time the lawyer is engaged in the private practice of law; and (4) whether the lawyer is engaged in the practice of law as a full-time government lawyer or is counsel employed by an organizational client and does not represent clients outside that capacity. Each lawyer admitted to the active practice of law who reports being covered by professional liability insurance shall notify the Bar Association in writing within 30 days if the insurance policy providing coverage lapses, is no longer in effect or terminates for any reason.

(b) The information submitted pursuant to this rule will be made available to the public by such means as may be designated by the Board of Governors, which may include publication on the website maintained by the Bar Association.

(c) Any lawyer admitted to the active practice of law who fails to comply with this rule by the date specified in section (a) may be ordered suspended from the practice of law by the Supreme Court until such time as the lawyer complies. Supplying false information in response to this rule shall subject the lawyer to appropriate disciplinary action.

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