Citizens for Clean Courts:
Please share this bill by Rep. Kern and contact your representatives and senators to support. There will be a big push back from the courts and state bar as their $13 million budget and control center is at stake. Arizona is one of if not the only state with a right to work constitutional provision so the idea that the right to regulate the practice of law can trump that specific right when 20 other states have voluntary bars is unsupported. We believe the State Bar of Arizona is the force that has allowed corruption to exist and this is the first step in citizens taking back control. Here is page for contact information.
Arizona has one of the most corrupt judicial systems in this entire country...not as bad as the DOJ but close. Rep. Anthony Kern recognizes this and has introduced the attached bill that will cut out the Court's 'enforcer' known as the State Bar Association. At present all lawyers are required to be a member of this Gild (union) which is illegal in Arizona as we are a right to work state. Our state constitution provides that the State Supreme Court has the responsibility currently assigned by them to the State Bar...we want it back where it belongs so that all actions taken by the court regarding attorney sanctions will be public record. Please tell you State Legislators to support this bill.
REFERENCE TITLE: supreme court; attorney licensing
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
Representatives Kern, Townsend, Senator Burges: Representatives Allen J, Finchem, Lawrence, Mitchell, Petersen, Senator Ward
AMENDING TITLE 12, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 1, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 12-119.06; RELATING TO THE SUPREME COURT.
(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 12, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 12-119.06, to read:
12-119.06. Attorney licenses; rules
A. THE SUPREME COURT SHALL LICENSE ATTORNEYS FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THIS STATE. THE SUPREME COURT SHALL ADOPT RULES TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION INCLUDING:
1. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE.
2. TESTING REQUIREMENTS.
3. REQUIRING A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION BEFORE OBTAINING A LICENSE.
4. DISCIPLINING ATTORNEYS.
5. DISBARRING ATTORNEYS.
B. AN ATTORNEY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BE A MEMBER OF ANY ORGANIZATION TO BECOME OR REMAIN A LICENSED ATTORNEY IN THIS STATE.