Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent provisions of this subpart which are applicable to specific chapters, subchapters or other provisions of this subpart, the following words and phrases, when used in the subpart shall have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this section:
Absent attorney -- An attorney or formerly admitted attorney for whom a conservator has been sought or appointed under the Enforcement Rules.
Administrative Office -- The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
Administrative suspension. Status of an attorney, after Court order, who: failed to pay the annual fee and/or file the form required by subdivisions (a) and (d) of Enforcement Rule 219; was reported to the Court by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board under Rule 111(b), Pa.R.C.L.E., for having failed to satisfy the requirements of the Pennsylvania Rules for Continuing Legal Education; failed to pay any expenses taxed pursuant to Enforcement Rule 208(g); or failed to meet the requirements for maintaining a limited law license as a Limited In-House Corporate Counsel, a foreign legal consultant, an attorney participant in defender and legal services programs pursuant to Pa.B.A.R. 311, or a military attorney.
Attorney -- Includes any person subject to these rules.
Attorney Registration Office. The administrative division of the Disciplinary Board which governs the annual registration of every attorney admitted to, or engaging in, the practice of law in this Commonwealth, with the exception of attorneys admitted to practice pro hac vice under Pa.B.A.R. 301.
Board -- The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Board Chair -- The Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Board Rule -- Any provision of this Subpart.
Censure -- Public censure by the Supreme Court.
Chief Disciplinary Counsel -- The Chief Disciplinary Counsel appointed by the Board or, in the absence of such Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the Assistant Disciplinary Counsel designated by the Chief Disciplinary Counsel to serve in his absence. In the case of vacancy in office, absence or inability of such Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the Assistant Disciplinary Counsel designated by the Board.
Complaint -- A grievance concerning an attorney communicated to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or considered by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on its own motion.
Conservator -- A conservator appointed under § 91.121 (relating to appointment of conservator to protect interests of clients of absent attorney).
Court -- The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Disciplinary Counsel -- The Chief Disciplinary Counsel and assistant disciplinary counsel.
Disciplinary District -- One of four districts into which this Commonwealth is divided for disciplinary purposes as set forth in §93.1 (relating to disciplinary districts).
Disciplinary Rule -- The provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility, as adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on May 20, 1970, 438 Pa. xxv, as amended from time to time by special order of the Court and governing lawyer conduct occurring or beginning on or before March 31, 1988, as well as the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, as adopted by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on October 16, 1987, Pa. , and effective on April 1, 1988, as amended from time to time by special order. See Chapter 81 (relating to Rules of Professional Conduct).
Enforcement Rule -- Any provision of Chapter 83 (relating to Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement).
Experienced hearing committee member -- An attorney who at the time is a member of the panel of hearing committee members in a disciplinary district and who has served as a member of a panel of hearing committee members for at least one year and on a hearing committee that has conducted at least one hearing into formal charges of misconduct by a respondent-attorney.
Foreign legal consultant -- A person who holds a current license as a foreign legal consultant issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 341 (relating to licensing of foreign legal consultants).
Formal Proceedings -- A proceeding subject to Chapter 89 (relating to formal proceedings).
Formerly admitted attorney -- A disbarred, suspended, administratively suspended, retired or inactive attorney.
Grievance -- Alleged misconduct.
Hearing Committee -- A hearing committee designated under §93.81 (relating to hearing committees).
Informal Admonition -- Private informal admonition by Disciplinary Counsel.
Inquiry -- Information concerning an attorney communicated to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel which does not amount to a complaint.
Investigation -- Fact finding under the direction of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel with respect to alleged misconduct or to reinstatement.
Investigator -- Any person designated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to assist it in investigation of alleged misconduct or of reinstatement.
IOLTA Account -- An IOLTA Account as defined in Rule 1.15(d)(3) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.
Limited In-House Corporate Counsel License -- A license issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 302 (relating to limited in-house corporate counsel license).
Military attorney -- An attorney holding a limited admission to practice under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 303 (relating to limited admission of military attorneys).
Notarial officer -- An officer authorized under §91.14 (relating to officer before whom deposition is taken) to take depositions for use before a hearing committee.
Office of Disciplinary Counsel -- The Office of Disciplinary Counsel established in §93.61 (relating to Office of Disciplinary Counsel).
Office of the Secretary -- The Office of the Secretary established by §93.51 (relating to Office of the Secretary).
Participant -- The respondent-attorney, any other person admitted by the Board to limited participation in a proceeding, and staff counsel.
Petition -- A formal pleading filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel with the Board requesting action by the Board under the Disciplinary Rules, and Enforcement Rules or these rules.
Petitioner-attorney. Includes any person subject to these rules who has filed a petition for reinstatement to the practice of law.
Practice of law -- Includes the provision of legal services as a foreign legal consultant or military attorney, or pursuant to a Limited In-House Corporate Counsel License.
Private reprimand -- Private reprimand by the Board.
Proof of service -- A certificate of service complying with §89.26 (relating to form of certificate of service).
Prothonotary -- The Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Public Reprimand – Public reprimand by the Board.
Respondent-attorney -- Includes any person subject to the Enforcement Rules (See §85.3(a) (relating to jurisdiction)).
Reviewing hearing committee member -- A senior or experienced hearing committee member designated under these rules to review the disposition of a complaint recommended by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Rules -- The provisions of this subpart.
Secretary -- The Secretary of the Board.
Senior hearing committee member -- An attorney who at the time is a member of the panel of hearing committee members in a disciplinary district and who has previously served either: