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For immediate release: November 8, 2007
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New Hotline Number for Attorneys Offers Guidance on Ethics

The Supreme Court has approved a court rule amendment that will allow attorneys who seek guidance on ethics to receive free advice, today announced Judge Philip S. Carchman, acting administrative director of the courts.

Previously, attorneys were required to call a pay-for-service 900 number. All inquiries were addressed by the secretary to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics. According to the Court's amendments to Rule 1:19-9(a), attorneys may call the secretary directly, rather than using a 900 number.

Callers to the ethics hotline may receive general information and research assistance on legal ethics, solicitation and attorney advertising. The hotline staff does not provide legal advice or advisory opinions, such as those issued by the Advisory Committee.

"We want to encourage attorneys who have ethics concerns to seek advice sooner rather than later. The direct line will provide more convenient, more efficient and more cost-effective service for attorneys so that they can better serve their clients," said Judge Carchman.

The phone number for the attorney ethics hotline is 609-292-0694.

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