attorney discipline; revocation; prohibited basis
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
SENATE BILL 1092
amending title 12, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 12-119.06; relating to the supreme court.
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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 discipline; license revocation; prohibited basis; civil penalty
A. The state bar of Arizona and the Arizona supreme court shall not infringe or impede the political speech rights of any attorney or the attorney's clients by disciplining or revoking an attorney's license for bringing a good faith, nonfrivolous claim that is based in law and fact to court.
B. The following civil penalties apply to a violation of this section:
1. If the state bar of Arizona violates this section, the state bar of Arizona is subject to a civil penalty that is equivalent to ten percent of the total amount of monies collected from licensing attorneys for the year in which the violation occurs.
2. If the supreme court violates this section, the supreme court is subject to a civil penalty that is equivalent to ten percent of the supreme court's budget from the prior fiscal year.
Sec. 2. Legislative intent
The legislature intends that the first amendment right to petition for the redress of grievances protects the rights of attorneys and their clients to litigate as a form of political expression.