AN ACT TO ALLOW FOR THE AWARD OF REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES FOR LICENSEES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE BAR IF NOT DISCIPLINED AFTER A HEARING AND TO REDUCE STATE BAR MEMBERSHIP FEES.
Enacts GS 84-28(d2) requiring reasonable attorneys' fees to be awarded to an attorney respondent who appears before the NC State Bar (Bar) Disciplinary Hearing Commission or the Grievance Committee and is found to have not committed acts or omissions constituting misconduct. Applies only to complaints and grievances heard in which probable cause is found and a hearing is necessary, or when a hearing is requested by the respondent. Excludes complaints or grievances that are dismissed, dismissed with a letter of warning or caution, or settlements entered between the Bar and the attorney to conclude an action.
Amends GS 84-34 to reduce the annual Bar membership fee from $300 to $250.
Directs the Bar to adopt temporary implementing rules.
Applies to licenses issued, renewed, or revoked on or after October 1, 2022.