WSR 02-21-034

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ October 10, 2002 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS TO RPC 1.2, RPC 4.2, RPC 4.3, NEW RPC 6.5, NEW CR 4.2, NEW CRLJ 4.2, CR 11 AND CRLJ 11 (BY DESIGNATING CR 11 AND CRLJ 11 AS CR 11(a) AND CRLJ 11(a) AND BY ADDING NEW CR 11(b) AND NEW CRLJ 11(b)), NEW CR 70.1 AND NEW CRLJ 70.1 )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-753

The Washington State Bar Association and the Access to Justice Board having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendments and new rules to RPC 1.2, RPC 4.2, RPC 4.3, New RPC 6.5, New CR 4.2, New CRLJ 4.2, CR 11 and CRLJ 11 (by designating CR 11 and CRLJ 11 as CR 11(a) and CRLJ 11(a) and by adding New CR 11(b) and New CRLJ 11(b)), New CR 70.1 and New CRLJ 70.1, and the Court having determined that the proposed amendments and new rules 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 amendments and new rules as attached hereto are adopted.

(b) That pursuant to the emergency provisions of GR 9(i), the amendments and new rules will be published expeditiously and become effective upon publication.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 10th day of October 2002.
Alexander, C. J.


Smith, J.



Johnson, J.


Bridge, J.


Madsen, J.


Chambers, J.


Sanders, J. - except CR 11


Owens, J.



SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (RPC)

RPC 1.2 - SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION



(a) No change.

(b) No change.

(c) A lawyer may limit the objectives scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client consents after consultation. An agreement limiting the scope of a representation shall consider the applicability of rule 4.2 to the representation.

(d) No change.

(e) No change.


SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (RPC)

RPC 4.2 - COMMUNICATION WITH PERSON REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL



(a) In representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a party the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer or is authorized by law to do so.

(b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with rule 1.2 is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, he or she is to communicate only with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation.


SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (RPC)

RPC 4.3 - DEALING WITH UNREPRESENTED PERSON



(a) In dealing on behalf of a client with a person who is not represented by counsel, a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is disinterested. When the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the unrepresented person misunderstands the lawyer's role in the matter, the lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to correct the misunderstanding.

(b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with rule 1.2 is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, he or she is to communicate only with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation.


SUGGESTED NEW RULE

RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (RPC)

RPC 6.5 - NONPROFIT AND COURT-ANNEXED LIMITED LEGAL SERVICE PROGRAMS



(a) A lawyer who, under the auspices of a program sponsored by a nonprofit organization or court, provides short-term limited legal services to a client without expectation by either the lawyer or the client that the lawyer will provide continuing representation in the matter:

(1) is subject to Rules 1.7 and 1.9(a) only if the lawyer knows that the representation of the client involves a conflict of interest except that those rules shall not prohibit a lawyer from providing limited legal services sufficient only to determine eligibility of the client for assistance by the program and to make an appropriate referral of the client to another program; and

(2) is subject to Rule 1.10 only if the lawyer knows that another lawyer associated with the lawyer in a law firm is disqualified by Rule 1.7 or 1.9(a) with respect to the matter; and,

(3) notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), is not subject to Rules 1.7, 1.9(a) or 1.10 in providing limited legal services to a client if (a) the program lawyers representing the opposing clients are screened by effective means from information as to the opposing client's confidences, secrets, trial strategy and work product as to the matter at issue, (b) each client is notified of the conflict and the screening mechanism used to prohibit dissemination of confidential or secret information; and (c) the program is able to demonstrate by convincing evidence that no confidences or secrets that are material were transmitted by the personally disqualified lawyers to the lawyer representing the conflicting client before implementation of the screening mechanism and notice to the opposing client.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(2), Rule 1.10 is inapplicable to a representation governed by this Rule.


RULES FOR SUPERIOR COURT - CIVIL RULES (CR)

CR 4.2 - PROCESS - LIMITED REPRESENTATION



(a) An attorney may undertake to provide limited representation in accordance with RPC 1.2 to a person involved in a court proceeding.

(b) Providing limited representation of a person under these rules shall not constitute an entry of appearance by the attorney for purposes of CR 5(b) and does not authorize or require the service or delivery of pleadings, papers or other documents upon the attorney under CR 5(b). Representation of the person by the attorney at any proceeding before a judge, magistrate, or other judicial officer on behalf of the person constitutes an entry of appearance pursuant to RCW 4.28.210 and CR 4 (a)(3), except to the extent that a limited notice of appearance as provided for under CR 70.1 is filed and served prior to or simultaneous with the actual appearance. The attorney's violation of this Rule may subject the attorney to the sanctions provided in CR 11(a).


CIVIL RULES FOR COURTS OF LIMITED JURISDICTION (CR)

CRLJ 4.2 - PROCESS - LIMITED REPRESENTATION



(a) An attorney may undertake to provide limited representation in accordance with RPC 1.2 to a person involved in a court proceeding.

(b) Providing limited representation of a person under these rules shall not constitute an entry of appearance by the attorney for purposes of CR 5(b) and does not authorize or require the service or delivery of pleadings, papers or other documents upon the attorney under CRLJ 5(b). Representation of the person by the attorney at any proceeding before a judge, magistrate, or other judicial officer on behalf of the person constitutes an entry of appearance pursuant to RCW 4.28.210 and CRLJ 4 (a)(3), except to the extent that a limited notice of appearance as provided for under CRLJ 70.1 is filed and served prior to or simultaneous with the actual appearance. The attorney's violation of this Rule may subject the attorney to the sanctions provided in CRLJ 11(a).


SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

RULES FOR SUPERIOR COURT - CIVIL RULES (CR)

CR 11 - SIGNING AND DRAFTING OF PLEADINGS, MOTIONS, AND LEGAL MEMORANDA; SANCTIONS



(a) Every pleading, motion, and legal memorandum of a party represented by an attorney shall be dated and signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's individual name, whose address and Washington State Bar Association membership number shall be stated. A party who is not represented by an attorney shall sign and date the party's pleading, motion, or legal memorandum and state the party's address. Petitions for dissolution of marriage, separation, declarations concerning the validity of a marriage, custody, and modification of decrees issued as a result of any of the foregoing petitions shall be verified. Other pleadings need not, but may be, verified or accompanied by affidavit. The signature of a party or of an attorney constitutes a certificate by the party or attorney that the party or attorney has read the pleading, motion, or legal memorandum; that to the best of the party's or attorney's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. If a pleading, motion, or legal memorandum is not signed, it shall be stricken unless it is signed promptly after the omission is called to the attention of the pleader or movant. If a pleading, motion, or legal memorandum is signed in violation of this rule, the court, upon motion or upon its own initiative, may impose upon the person who signed it, a represented party, or both, an appropriate sanction, which may include an order to pay to the other party or parties the amount of the reasonable expenses incurred because of the filing of the pleading, motion, or legal memorandum, including a reasonable attorney fee.

(b) In helping to draft a pleading, motion or document filed by the otherwise self-represented person, the attorney certifies that the attorney has read the pleading, motion, or paper, that to the best of the attorney's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. The attorney in providing such drafting assistance may rely on the otherwise self-represented person's representation of facts, unless the attorney has reason to believe that such representations are false or materially insufficient, in which instance the attorney shall make an independent reasonable inquiry into the facts.


SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

CIVIL RULES FOR COURTS OF LIMITED JURISDICTION (CRLJ)

CRLJ 11 - SIGNING AND DRAFTING OF PLEADINGS, MOTIONS, AND LEGAL MEMORANDA; SANCTIONS



(a) Every pleading, motion, and legal memorandum of a party represented by an attorney shall be dated and signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's individual name, whose address and Washington State Bar Association membership number shall be stated. A party who is not represented by an attorney shall sign and date the party's pleading, motion, or legal memorandum and state the party's address. Pleadings need not, but may be, verified or accompanied by affidavit. The signature of a party or of an attorney constitutes a certificate by the party or attorney that the party or attorney has read the pleading, motion, or legal memorandum; that to the best of the party's or attorney's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. If a pleading, motion, or legal memorandum is not signed, it shall be stricken unless it is signed promptly after the omission is called to the attention of the pleader or movant. If a pleading, motion, or legal memorandum is signed in violation of this rule, the court, upon motion or upon its own initiative, may impose upon the person who signed it, a represented party, or both, an appropriate sanction, which may include an order to pay to the other party or parties the amount of the reasonable expenses incurred because of the filing of the pleading, motion, or legal memorandum, including a reasonable attorney fee.

(b) In helping to draft a pleading, motion or document filed by the otherwise self-represented person, the attorney certifies that the attorney has read the pleading, motion, or paper, that to the best of the attorney's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. The attorney in providing such drafting assistance may rely on the otherwise self-represented person's representation of facts, unless the attorney has reason to believe that such representations are false or materially insufficient, in which instance the attorney shall make an independent reasonable inquiry into the facts.


SUGGESTED NEW RULE

RULES FOR SUPERIOR COURT - CIVIL RULES (CR)

CR 70.1 - APPEARANCE BY ATTORNEY



(a) Notice of Appearance. An attorney admitted to practice in this state may appear for a party by serving a notice of appearance.

(b) Notice of Limited Appearance. If specifically so stated in a notice of limited appearance filed and served prior to or simultaneous with the proceeding, an attorney's role may be limited to one or more individual proceedings in the action. Service on an attorney who has made a limited appearance for a party shall be valid (to the extent permitted by statute and rule 5(b)) only in connection with the specific proceedings for which the attorney has appeared, including any hearing or trial at which the attorney appeared and any subsequent motions for presentation of orders. At the conclusion of such proceedings the attorney's role terminates without the necessity of leave of court, upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited appearance which notice shall include the client information required by rule 71 (c)(1).


CIVIL RULES FOR COURTS OF LIMITED JURISDICTION (CRLJ)

CRLJ 70.1 - APPEARANCE BY ATTORNEY



(a) Notice of Appearance. An attorney admitted to practice in this state may appear for a party by serving a notice of appearance.

(b) Notice of Limited Appearance. If specifically so stated in a notice of limited appearance filed and served prior to or simultaneous with the proceeding, an attorney's role may be limited to one or more individual proceedings in the action. Service on an attorney who has made a limited appearance for a party shall be valid (to the extent permitted by statute and rule 5(b)) only in connection with the specific proceedings for which the attorney has appeared, including any hearing or trial at which the attorney appeared and any subsequent motions for presentation of orders. At the conclusion of such proceedings the attorney's role terminates without the necessity of leave of court, upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited appearance which notice shall include the client information required by rule 71 (c)(1).

Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above material occurred in the copy filed by the State Supreme Court and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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