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Can you tell me if there have been complaints against my lawyer?

No. The South Carolina Supreme Court set up the Commission on Lawyer Conduct to hear complaints against lawyers. The complaint process is confidential until the Court disciplines the lawyer. The Board, not the South Carolina Bar, has this information.

Beginning January 1, formal discipline charges against a lawyer become public 30 days after the lawyer files an answer to these charges. "Formal charges" mean that a complaint has been received, reviewed to determine whether probable cause exists to file charges, and, if there is probable cause, that charges have been authorized to be filed.

If a lawyer has been disciplined, it will be public record. For further information, you can contact the Commission on Lawyer Conduct at (803) 734-2038. Its address is PO Box 12159, Columbia, SC 29211.

This information was prepared to give you some general information on the law. It is not intended as legal advice about any particular problem. If you have questions about the law you should consult a lawyer. If you do not know a lawyer, you can call the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The number is 799-7100 in Richland or Lexington Counties, and 1-800-868-2284 from other parts of the state.