The Self Discipline Problem
Unethical attorneys could be held criminally responsible for the filing of meritless litigations in civil matters under certain circumstances.
Such circumstances, as an example, would be when an attorney attempts to use a meritless case for the purpose of coercing an individual into the payment of money or other valuables.
When attorneys use a lawsuit with the intent to defraud and coerce, they should no longer be afforded special privileges as officers of the court.
The current environment of attorneys’ unwillingness to sue other attorneys has created a form of racketeering of the legal system which attorneys say intimidates them into not representing the rights of the individual against an attorney or judge.
The intimidation is the reprisal from judges that do not want the general public to become “disappointed with the law”. The reprisal would come from their being outcast from the judicial community and unable to effectively represent their clients.
Self Discipline Inadequate
The attorneys’ method of self discipline, handed down from fellow attorneys’ private clubs also known as Bar Associations, yield nothing more in most cases than private warnings.
Or at the most, disbarment from practice, which does nothing for compensating the financially and/or emotionally injured victim.
The California Supreme Court, through special charters, made the California State Bar the administrative arm of the court to discipline their member attorneys in exchange for forced dues.
Both have failed miserably and the negligence of the Supreme Court has played no small role in the failure.
AttorneyBusters.com believes from its review of the California State Bar’s self discipline system that:
- a vast majority of complaints filed by individuals are not given serious consideration.
AttorneyBusters.com anticipates to expose a serious problem stemming from the self disciplinary system of the California State Bar.
Problems with the California State Bar and other bar associations are discussed in the section Complaints About the Bar.