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The California State Bar (BAR) examines and licenses attorneys (lawyers) and is part of the attorney disciplinary system of the California Supreme Court which processes complaints involving attorney misconduct.

If warranted, the Bar holds hearings and may issue reprisals to attorneys or recommend suspension or disbarment of attorneys found guilty of serious misconduct. The Bar also sets standards for and conducts attorney-client fee arbitration in counties that do not have a local Bar association.

Complaints jurisdiction:

License attorneys, takes complaints, and provides arbitration of fee disputes. Unlicensed attorneys are not under the Bar's jurisdiction.

Complaints outside jurisdiction:

Judges, court clerks, other court personnel, particular laws the consumer believes unfair, requests for attorney referral, or advice about a particular legal problem.

California State Bar
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2000
(800) 843-9053 (Complaint Hotline within CA)

California State Bar  

Branch Office Complaint Intake Division
1149 S Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-1000
(800) 843-9053 (Complaint Hotline within CA)
(213) 765-1000 (Complaint Hotline outside of CA)

Department Publications: None are offered by the Consumer Information Center

Other Publications: None

Other References: Attorney (CaliforniaState Bar)and Attorney/County Bar Association

Other referrals: None

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