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Section/Rule:5.02
Subject: Rule 5 - Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and the Judiciary - Complaints and Proceedings Thereon Publication / Adopted Date:June 20, 1995
Topic:Regional Disciplinary Committees - Membership and TenureRevised / Effective Date:March 1, 1998


5.02. Regional Disciplinary Committees - Membership and Tenure

This Court shall appoint a committee in each region known as the "Regional Disciplinary Committee," which shall be composed of not fewer than four lawyers and two nonlawyers. The members of the circuit bar committees on the effective date of this Rule 5 shall continue as members of the regional disciplinary committee to which their circuit is assigned until their terms expire. Before commencing the duties of a member of the committee, each member shall take an oath to support the constitution of the United States and this state and to fairly and impartially perform the member's duties. Each member shall be appointed to a four-year term. No member shall be requested to serve more than two successive terms exclusive of any unexpired term. Each member shall serve until a successor is appointed and qualified, except that the current members of any region that was formed by the combination of two or more circuits shall not continue to serve after their terms expire unless they are reappointed. The members of the regional disciplinary committees shall serve without compensation, but their reasonable and necessary expenses shall be reimbursed. Each regional disciplinary committee shall select one of its members as chair. The chair of the full committee shall be the chief administrative officer and shall assign investigations and hearings to the divisions so that no more than one division shall have jurisdiction of the same matter at the same time. Each regional disciplinary committee shall also select one of its members as secretary to keep minutes of the proceedings of the committee.

The state shall be divided into the following regions: Region I shall consist of judicial circuits 1, 2, 9, 10, 14 and 41. Region II shall consist of judicial circuits 3, 4, 5, 8 and 43. Region III shall consist of judicial circuits 6 and 7. Region IV shall consist of judicial circuit 16. Region V shall consist of judicial circuits 15, 17, 18, 27 and 30. Region VI shall consist of judicial circuit 13. Region VII shall consist of judicial circuit 19. Region VIII shall consist of judicial circuits 11, 12 and 45. Region IX shall consist of judicial circuits 20 and 23. Region X shall consist of judicial circuit 21. Region XI shall consist of judicial circuit 22. Region XII shall consist of judicial circuits 24 and 42. Region XIII shall consist of judicial circuits 25 and 26. Region XIV shall consist of judicial circuits 28, 29 and 40. Region XV shall consist of judicial circuit 31. Region XVI shall consist of judicial circuits 36, 37, 38, 39 and 44. Region XVII shall consist of judicial circuits 32, 33, 34 and 35.

(Adopted June 20, 1995, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Feb. 13, 1998, eff. Mar. 1, 1998.)