Certified Lawyer Referral Service Complaint Process

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In order to promote public protection, the State Bar of California accepts and processes complaints related to certified and uncertified Lawyer Referral Services. The State Bar will review and analyze a complaint to determine if any investigation is warranted. If the complaint demonstrates an apparent violation of applicable regulations, the State Bar will provide the service written notice of the complaint and an opportunity to respond. The State Bar will provide written notice to the complainant regarding what action, if any, it deems appropriate.

If the State Bar determines that there was a violation of applicable regulations,  but that violation was of a minor nature and curable, the service may be given an opportunity to cure the deficiency. For more serious violations the State Bar may suspend or revoke certification of the service. “In such cases, services may file a petition for review in State Bar Court.” In addition, the State Bar can refer misconduct to another agency.