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Appeals

The Board reviews direct appeals from individuals who have filed a grievance against an attorney (grievants) and who claim that a District Ethics Committee improperly dismissed their grievance after an investigation or a hearing R. 1:20-15(e), and from parties to fee arbitration proceedings who contend that at least one of the four grounds for appeal set out in R. 1:20A-3(c) exists.

A notice of appeal must be filed with the Disciplinary Review Board within 21 days after the receipt of a final determination by the District Ethics Committee or the Fee Arbitration Committee.

To file an appeal from a district ethics committee's dismissal of a grievance in an ethics matter, complete the following form:

ETHICS NOTICE OF APPEAL FORM (this form can be filled out and printed online)

To file an appeal of a fee arbitration matter, complete the following form:

FEE ARBITRATION NOTICE OF APPEAL FORM (this form can be filled out and printed online)

Forms should be postmarked within the 21-day deadline and mailed to:

DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD
ATTENTION: APPEALS UNIT
RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX
P.O. BOX 962
TRENTON, NJ 08625

In the alternative, forms may be delivered within the 21-day deadline to Disciplinary Review Board, Attention: Appeals, 25 W. Market Street, 3rd Floor-North, Trenton, NJ 08625

Notice of appeal forms may also be obtained by writing to the Disciplinary Review Board at the address listed above within the 21-day period, or by calling the Disciplinary Review Board at (609) 292-1012 within the 21-day period. When calling, please provide the attorney's name, district docket number, and date of dismissal or fee arbitration determination.

Costs

The Board assesses administrative costs in all discipline cases, including admonitions. The Supreme Court’s final order of discipline generally includes a requirement that the respondent pay the administrative costs of the action to the Disciplinary Oversight Committee. Pursuant to R. 1:20-17, administrative costs include a flat charge for basic administrative costs, ranging from $650 to $2,000 per case, plus disciplinary expenses actually incurred, such as payments made by the disciplinary system for transcripts, court reporter services, file reproduction costs, and other out-of-pocket expenditures.

R. 1:20-17 provides various avenues of recourse for collection against an attorney who fails to pay assessed costs, including temporary suspension, denial of reinstatement, and entry of judgment.

Cost assessment payments are made by certified check or money order made payable to:

DISCIPLINARY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

and sent to:

DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD
ATTENTION: COSTS UNIT
RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX
P.O. BOX 962
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08625

Reinstatements

An attorney who has been suspended must petition for his or her reinstatement, pursuant to
R. 1:20-21.

The attorney must file an original and 12 copies of the verified petition with the Board and must serve two copies on the Director of the Office of Attorney Ethics. Petitions for reinstatement shall be accompanied by a non-refundable check payable to the Disciplinary Oversight Committee in the amount of $750.

Petitions for Reinstatement Contents: R.1:20-21

MAIL PETITION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO:

DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD
ATTENTION: REINSTATEMENT UNIT
RICHARD J. HUGHES JUSTICE COMPLEX
P.O. BOX 962
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08625

OR

HAND-DELIVER TO:

DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD
ATTENTION: REINSTATEMENT UNIT
25 WEST MARKET STREET
3RD FLOOR NORTH
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08625

AND MAIL TWO (2) COPIES TO:

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF ATTORNEY ETHICS
P.O. BOX 963
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY 08625

Copies of Decisions

Copies of DRB decisions pending with the Supreme Court are available from the DRB by using the following form or calling (609) 292-1012.

REQUEST FOR DECISION FORM (this form can be filled out and printed online)

The cost for copies of decisions:

$0.75 per page for pages 1-10
$0.50 per page for pages 11-20
$0.25 per page for all pages over 20

If requesting by telephone, please have the following information available when you call:

Respondent Name

Decisions for which the Supreme Court has issued orders are either published on this website (those issued within the last 60 days) or archived to Rutgers website where DRB decisions will be searchable.

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