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Subject: Rule 5 - Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and the Judiciary - Complaints and Proceedings Thereon Publication / Adopted Date:June 20, 1995
Topic:Interpretation of RuleRevised / Effective Date:March 1, 1998

5.33. Interpretation of Rule

Nothing in this Rule 5 shall be construed as a limitation upon the powers of this Court to govern the conduct of its officers, and any appointment or employment hereunder may be revoked at will. This Court may make inquiry of the various disciplinary entities with regard to the status of any matter and may require such reports as may be appropriate. This Court may adopt such case disposition guidelines as may be appropriate. No provision of this Rule 5 shall limit the right of any individual to seek any remedy afforded by law. However, it is the intent of this Court that members of the advisory committee, the chief disciplinary counsel, regional disciplinary committees, staff attorneys, special representatives, staff, and all appointed or employed personnel acting in the course and scope of their official duties shall be considered as acting under the authority of this Court and, as such, shall be a part of the judicial branch of state government and shall be protected and be free from suits and judgments for damages. This Rule 5 shall not constitute an exclusive method for regulating the practice of law or the unauthorized practice of law by laypersons or corporations.

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