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West's Annotated Code of MarylandMaryland RulesEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 19. Attorneys
Chapter 700. Discipline, Inactive Status, Resignation
Administrative Proceedings [Rules 19-711 to 19-720]
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Rules Attorneys, Rule 19-718
(a) Filing. Upon completion of an investigation, Bar Counsel shall file with the Commission a Statement of Charges if Bar Counsel determines that:
(1) the attorney engaged in conduct constituting professional misconduct or is incapacitated; and
(2) the professional misconduct or incapacity does not warrant an immediate Petition for Disciplinary or Remedial Action.
(b) Content. The Statement of Charges shall be in writing and:
(1) in clear and specific language, inform the attorney of all professional misconduct charged;
(2) contain a reference to each Rule of the Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct allegedly violated; and
(3) include or be accompanied by documentation and information, including any response that the attorney sent to Bar Counsel regarding the matter and any exculpatory material.
(c) Service; Peer Review.
(1) Bar Counsel shall serve a copy of the Statement of Charges, together with the documentation and information filed pursuant to section (b) of this Rule, on the attorney in the manner prescribed by Rule 2-121 (a). If, after reasonable efforts, the attorney cannot be served personally, service may be made by e-mail to all e-mail addresses maintained by the attorney with the Attorney Information System in accordance with Rule 19-802.
Cross reference: See Rule 19-723 concerning service of a Petition for Disciplinary or Remedial Action.
(2) Bar Counsel shall send to the Chair of the Peer Review Committee a copy of the Statement of Charges, together with the supporting information and documentation filed pursuant to section (b) of this Rule. The matter shall then proceed in accordance with Rules 19-719 and 19-720.
Source: This Rule is derived in part from former Rule 16-741 (2016) and is in part new.


[Adopted June 6, 2016, eff. July 1, 2016. Amended July 9, 2021, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.]
MD R Attorneys, Rule 19-718, MD R ATTORNEYS Rule 19-718
Current with amendments received through May 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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