Missouri to open lawyer discipline proceedings

The Missouri Supreme Court has entered an order modifying Missouri Supreme Court Rule 5.31 to make more information on disciplinary proceedings available to the public.

In particular, the information (formal charging document) and response (usually an answer) will be available to the public, unless a protective order is entered. Also, admonitions will remain public after they are accepted, instead of being closed after three years.

Final regulations and procedures, including what exactly will occur, are in the works.

The order is available at: http://1.usa.gov/HhfOTk.