Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court - Hawaii Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Hawaii Lawyer Misconduct Complaints & Legal Ethics Education
Aloha and welcome to the Disciplinary Board of the Hawai`i Supreme Court (“Disciplinary Board”) and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”). The Supreme Court of Hawai`i requires all lawyers licensed in Hawai`i to comply with the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct (“HRPC”). A lawyer who violates the HRPC may be disciplined.
Attorney Misconduct Complaint Investigations
The ODC was created in 1974 by the Hawai`i Supreme Court to conduct investigations and prosecute complaints that a Hawai`i lawyer has violated the HRPC. In addition, the ODC provides general guidance to Hawai`i licensed attorneys. The Disciplinary Board’s goal is fair, impartial, and vigorous enforcement of the HRPC to protect the public, including clients, the courts, and the legal profession.
The operations of the Hawai`i lawyer discipline system are funded entirely by annual registration fees paid by Hawai`i lawyers. Ethics investigations are conducted without charge to any complaining party.
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