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Attorney Discipline in Montana

The Montana Supreme Court has established a comprehensive lawyer regulation system that ensures highly ethical behavior by Montana lawyers and enforces lawyer disciplinary sanctions when inappropriate professional behavior is discovered.

Effective July 1, 2002, the disciplinary system consists of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) and the Commission on Practice (COP).

The ODC performs central intake functions and processes, investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers that are within the jurisdiction of the Court.

The COP hears and decides the complaints and, in appropriate cases, makes recommendations to the Court for discipline.

The COP and the ODC are under the direct supervision of the Montana Supreme Court. There are nine lawyers and five non-lawyers on the COP. The Court appoints both the lawyer and the non-lawyer members of COP.