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Rule 33. Committees; Practices

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of ArizonaEffective: January 1, 2021

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
V. Regulation of the Practice of Law
C. Admission to Practice of Law (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2021
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 33
Rule 33. Committees; Practices
(a) Committees.
1. Composition of Committees. The examination of applicants and their admission to the practice of law shall conform to this rule. For such purposes, there shall be two Committees, the Committee on Examinations, and the Committee on Character and Fitness. The Committee on Examinations shall consist of twelve or more members in good standing of the state bar, and the Committee on Character and Fitness shall consist of eleven or more members in good standing of the state bar and four or more nonlawyer members of the public. Nonlawyer members shall have the same powers and duties of the lawyer members, as provided in these rules. The Chair of the Committee on Examinations and the Chair of the Committee on Character and Fitness shall each serve as liaison members of the other Committee.
2. Appointment of Members. Considering geographical, gender, and ethnic diversity, the members of each committee shall be appointed in the following manner. The chair of each committee shall be appointed by the Court. The remaining members of the committees shall be appointed by the Court, upon the recommendation of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona, which shall recommend at least three names for each appointment to be made. Members of the two Committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Court and may be removed from a Committee at any time by order of the Court. A member of either Committee may resign at any time.
3. Terms of Office. Members of the two Committees shall be appointed for an initial term of four (4) years and may be reappointed. A member whose term has expired shall continue to serve until a replacement is appointed, or until the member's participation in all matters begun during the member's term have been concluded. If a vacancy due to resignation or inability of a committee member to serve, the Court shall appoint another person to serve the unexpired term.
4. Powers and Duties of Committees. The Committee on Examinations shall examine applicants and advise this Court and the Committee on Character and Fitness of those who have passed the examination or examinations required for admission to the state bar. The Committee on Character and Fitness shall recommend to this Court for admission to the state bar those individuals who, having passed the examination or examinations required for admission to the state bar, are deemed by the Committee to be qualified on the basis of character and fitness. The Court will then consider the recommendations and either grant or deny admission.
(b) Power of Court to Revoke or Suspend License. Nothing contained in this rule shall be considered as a limitation upon the power and authority of this Court upon petition of either Committee or the Board or other proper body or person, or on its own motion, to revoke or suspend, after due notice and hearing, the right of an attorney to practice law in this state for fraud or material misrepresentation in the procurement of admission to practice.
(c) Practice in Courts. No person shall practice law in the State of Arizona without being admitted to the bar by compliance with the following rules, provided that an attorney practicing in another state or territory or insular possession of the United States or the District of Columbia may be permitted by any court to appear in a matter pro hac vice, in accordance with the procedures set forth in Rule 39(a).

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Amended Dec. 19, 1988. effective Jan. 1. 1989; March 12, 1990, effective June 1, 1990; July 9, 1991, effective Oct. 1, 1991; (temporary basis) Jan. 21, 1993, emergency effective Feb. 1, 1993, adopted in final form June 24, 1993; June 30, 1994, effective December 1, 1994. Amended April 22, 1998, effective June 1, 1998; Oct. 2, 1998, effective Dec. 1, 1998. Amended and effective April 14, 1999; May 31, 2000, effective June 1, 2000; Oct. 22, 2001, effective Dec. 1, 2001. Amended May 31, 2002, effective Sept. 1, 2002; June 8, 2004, effective Aug. 1, 2004; June 9, 2005, effective Dec. 1, 2005; Aug. 30, 2012, effective Jan. 1, 2013; Dec. 12, 2019, effective May 1, 2020; Aug. 27, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 33, AZ ST S CT Rule 33
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through 7/1/22. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through 7/1/22.
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