Arizona

From the Arizona Legal Services Taskforce Website:

“The Task Force on Delivery of Legal Services, established by Administrative Order 2018-111 to review the regulation of the delivery of legal services in Arizona, will make recommendations as follows: 

  • Restyle, update, and reorganize Rule 31(d) of the Arizona Rules of Supreme Court to simplify and clarify its provisions
  • Review the Legal Document Preparers program and related Arizona Code of Judicial Administration requirements and, if warranted, recommend revisions to the existing rules and code sections that would improve access to and quality of legal services and information provided by legal document preparers. 
  • Examine and recommend whether other non-lawyers, with specified qualifications, should be allowed to provide limited legal services, including representing individuals in civil proceedings in limited jurisdiction courts, administrative hearings not otherwise allowed by Rule 31(d), and family court matters.
  • Review Supreme Court Rule 42. E.R. 1.2 related to scope of representation and determine if changes to this and other rules would encourage broader use of limited scope representation by individuals needing legal services.
  • Recommend whether rules should be modified to allow for co-ownership by lawyers and non-lawyers in entities providing legal services.”

The Rule Petition can be viewed here. The concluding paragraph of the petition reads as follows:

“VII. Conclusion Petitioner respectfully requests that the Court consider this petition and proposed rule changes at its scheduled August rules conference. Petitioner additionally requests that the petition be circulated for public comment, and that a staggered comment period as follows be ordered: (a) initial comments due on March 30, 2020; (b) response to initial comments on April 27, 2020; (c) second round comments due on May 26, 2020; and (d) reply and final amended petition due on June 22, 2020. Petitioner respectfully requests that the Court adopt the proposed rules as they currently appear, or as modified considering comments received, with an effective date of January 1, 2021. DATED this 31st day of January, 2020.”

Full instructions on how to submit comments can be found on the FAQ page. In addition to submitting word/PDF documents electronically, you can also comment (after registering) on the following pages.

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