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Rules Regulating the Florida Bar that are Pertinent to Pro Se Litigants

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Chapter 3: Rules of Discipline

3-1 | Preamble
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300RRTFB-Ch03Chapter 3 (all-in-one)Chapter 3 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.
301RRTFB-Ch03-PreamblePreamble
302Rule 3-1.1 RRTFBRule 3-1.1Privilege to Practice
303Rule 3-1.2 RRTFBRule 3-1.2Preamble - Generally
3-2 | Definitions
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304Rule 3-2.1 RRTFBRule 3-2.1Definitions - Generally
3-3 | Jurisdiction to Enforce Rules
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305Rule 3-3.1 RRTFBRule 3-3.1Supreme Court of Florida; Disciplinary Agencies
306Rule 3-3.2 RRTFBRule 3-3.2Board of Governors of the Florida Bar
307Rule 3-3.3 RRTFBRule 3-3.3Counsel for the Florida Bar
308Rule 3-3.4 RRTFBRule 3-3.4Grievance Committees
309Rule 3-3.5 RRTFBRule 3-3.5Circuit Court Jurisdiction
3-4 | Standards of Conduct
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310Rule 3-4.1 RRTFBRule 3-4.1Notice and Knowledge of Rules; Jurisdiction over Lawyers of Other States...
311Rule 3-4.2 RRTFBRule 3-4.2Rules of Professional Conduct
312Rule 3-4.3 RRTFBRule 3-4.3Misconduct and Minor Misconduct
313Rule 3-4.4 RRTFBRule 3-4.4Criminal Misconduct
314Rule 3-4.5 RRTFBRule 3-4.5Removal from Judicial office by the Supreme Court of Florida
315Rule 3-4.6 RRTFBRule 3-4.6Discipline by Foreign or Federal Jurisdiction; Choice of Law
316Rule 3-4.7 RRTFBRule 3-4.7Oath
317Rule 3-4.8 RRTFBRule 3-4.8Consent Agreement
3-5 | Types of Discipline
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318Rule 3-5.1 RRTFBRule 3-5.1Types of Discipline - Generally
319Rule 3-5.2 RRTFBRule 3-5.2Emergency Suspension and Interim Probation or Interim Placement on the...
320Rule 3-5.3 RRTFBRule 3-5.3Diversion of Disciplinary Cases to Practice and Professionalism...
321Rule 3-5.4 RRTFBRule 3-5.4Publication of Discipline
3-6 | Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys
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322Rule 3-6.1 RRTFBRule 3-6.1Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys - Generally
3-7 | Procedures
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323Rule 3-7.1 RRTFBRule 3-7.1Procedures - Confidentiality
324Rule 3-7.2 RRTFBRule 3-7.2Procedures on Criminal or Professional Misconduct; Discipline on...
325Rule 3-7.3 RRTFBRule 3-7.3Review of Inquiries, Complaint Processing, and Initial Investigatory...
326Rule 3-7.4 RRTFBRule 3-7.4Grievance Committee Procedures
327Rule 3-7.5 RRTFBRule 3-7.5Procedures Before the Board of Governors
328Rule 3-7.6 RRTFBRule 3-7.6Procedures Before a Referee
329Rule 3-7.7 RRTFBRule 3-7.7Procedures Before Supreme Court of Florida
330Rule 3-7.8 RRTFBRule 3-7.8Procedures Before a Circuit Court
331Rule 3-7.9 RRTFBRule 3-7.9Consent Judgment
332Rule 3-7.10 RRTFBRule 3-7.10Reinstatement and Readmission Procedures
333Rule 3-7.11 RRTFBRule 3-7.11General Rule of Procedure
334Rule 3-7.12 RRTFBRule 3-7.12Disciplinary Revocation of Admission to the Florida Bar
335Rule 3-7.13 RRTFBRule 3-7.13Incapacity not Related to Misconduct
336Rule 3-7.14 RRTFBRule 3-7.14Florida Statutes Superseded
337Rule 3-7.15 RRTFBRule 3-7.15Reserved for Future Use
338Rule 3-7.16 RRTFBRule 3-7.16Limitation on Time to Open Investigation
339Rule 3-7.17 RRTFBRule 3-7.17Vexatious Conduct and Limitation on Filings


Chapter 4: Rules of Professional Conduct

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400RRTFB-Ch04Chapter 4 (all-in-one)Chapter 4 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.
401RRTFB-Ch04-Preamble--Preamble
4-1 | Client-Lawyer Relationship
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402Rule 4-1.1 RRTFBRule 4-1.1Competence
403Rule 4-1.2 RRTFBRule 4-1.2Objectives and Scope of Representation
404Rule 4-1.3 RRTFBRule 4-1.3Diligence
405Rule 4-1.4 RRTFBRule 4-1.4Communication
406Rule 4-1.5 RRTFBRule 4-1.5Fees and Costs for Legal Services
407Rule 4-1.6 RRTFBRule 4-1.6Confidentiality of Information
408Rule 4-1.7 RRTFBRule 4-1.7Conflict of Interest; Current Clients
409Rule 4-1.8 RRTFBRule 4-1.8Other Transactions
410Rule 4-1.9 RRTFBRule 4-1.9Conflict of Interest; Former Client
411Rule 4-1.10 RRTFBRule 4-1.10Imputation of Conflicts of Interest; General Rule
412Rule 4-1.11 RRTFBRule 4-1.11Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers...
413Rule 4-1.12 RRTFBRule 4-1.12Former Judge or Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral
414Rule 4-1.13 RRTFBRule 4-1.13Organization as Client
415Rule 4-1.14 RRTFBRule 4-1.14Client Under a Disability
416Rule 4-1.15 RRTFBRule 4-1.15Safekeeping Property
417Rule 4-1.16 RRTFBRule 4-1.16Declining or Terminating Representation
418Rule 4-1.17 RRTFBRule 4-1.17Sale of Law Practice
419Rule 4-1.18 RRTFBRule 4-1.18Duties to Prospective Client
420Rule 4-1.19 RRTFBRule 4-1.19Collaborative Law Process in Family Law
4-2 | Counselor
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420Rule 4-2.1 RRTFBRule 4-2.1Adviser
421Rule 4-2.2 RRTFBRule 4-2.2Open/Vacant
422Rule 4-2.3 RRTFBRule 4-2.3Evaluation for Use by Third Persons
423Rule 4-2.4 RRTFBRule 4-2.4Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral
4-3 | Advocate
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424Rule 4-3.1 RRTFBRule 4-3.1Meritorious Claims and Contentions
425Rule 4-3.2 RRTFBRule 4-3.2Expediting Litigation
426Rule 4-3.3 RRTFBRule 4-3.3Candor Toward the Tribunal
427Rule 4-3.4 RRTFBRule 4-3.4Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
428Rule 4-3.5 RRTFBRule 4-3.5Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal
429Rule 4-3.6 RRTFBRule 4-3.6Trial Publicity
430Rule 4-3.7 RRTFBRule 4-3.7Lawyer as Witness
431Rule 4-3.8 RRTFBRule 4-3.8Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor
432Rule 4-3.9 RRTFBRule 4-3.9Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings
4-4 | Transactions with Persons Other than Client
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433Rule 4-4.1 RRTFBRule 4-4.1Truthfulness in Statements to Others
434Rule 4-4.2 RRTFBRule 4-4.2Communication with Person Represented by Counsel
435Rule 4-4.3 RRTFBRule 4-4.3Dealing with Unrepresented Persons
436Rule 4-4.4 RRTFBRule 4-4.4Respect for Rights of Third Persons
4-5 | Law Firms and Associations
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437Rule 4-5.1 RRTFBRule 4-5.1Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers
438Rule 4-5.2 RRTFBRule 4-5.2Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
439Rule 4-5.3 RRTFBRule 4-5.3Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
440Rule 4-5.4 RRTFBRule 4-5.4Professional Independence of a Lawyer
441Rule 4-5.5 RRTFBRule 4-5.5Unlicensed Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
442Rule 4-5.6 RRTFBRule 4-5.6Restrictions on Right to Practice
443Rule 4-5.7 RRTFBRule 4-5.7Responsibilities Regarding Nonlegal Services
444Rule 4-5.8 RRTFBRule 4-5.8Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firms
4-6 | Public Service
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445Rule 4-6.1 RRTFBRule 4-6.1Pro Bono Public Service
446Rule 4-6.2 RRTFBRule 4-6.2Accepting Appointments
447Rule 4-6.3 RRTFBRule 4-6.3Membership in Legal Services Organization
448Rule 4-6.4 RRTFBRule 4-6.4Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
449Rule 4-6.5 RRTFBRule 4-6.5Voluntary Pro Bono Plan
450Rule 4-6.6 RRTFBRule 4-6.6Short-Term Limited Legal Services Programs
4-7 | Information About Legal Services
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451Rule 4-7.1 RRTFBRule 4-7.1Open/Vacant
452Rule 4-7.2 RRTFBRule 4-7.2Open/Vacant
453Rule 4-7.3 RRTFBRule 4-7.3Open/Vacant
454Rule 4-7.4 RRTFBRule 4-7.4Open/Vacant
455Rule 4-7.5 RRTFBRule 4-7.5Open/Vacant
456Rule 4-7.6 RRTFBRule 4-7.6Open/Vacant
457Rule 4-7.7 RRTFBRule 4-7.7Open/Vacant
458Rule 4-7.8 RRTFBRule 4-7.8Open/Vacant
459Rule 4-7.9 RRTFBRule 4-7.9Open/Vacant
460Rule 4-7.10 RRTFBRule 4-7.10Open/Vacant
461Rule 4-7.11 RRTFBRule 4-7.11Application of Rules
462Rule 4-7.12 RRTFBRule 4-7.12Required Content
463Rule 4-7.13 RRTFBRule 4-7.13Deceptive and Inherently Misleading Advertisements
464Rule 4-7.14 RRTFBRule 4-7.14Potentially Misleading Advertisements
465Rule 4-7.15 RRTFBRule 4-7.15Unduly Manipulative or Intrusive Advertisements
466Rule 4-7.16 RRTFBRule 4-7.16Presumptively Valid Content
467Rule 4-7.17 RRTFBRule 4-7.17Payment for Advertising and Promotion
468Rule 4-7.18 RRTFBRule 4-7.18Direct Contact with Prospective Clients
469Rule 4-7.19 RRTFBRule 4-7.19Evaluation of Advertisements
470Rule 4-7.20 RRTFBRule 4-7.20Exemptions from the Filing and Review Requirement
471Rule 4-7.21 RRTFBRule 4-7.21Firm Names and Letterhead
472Rule 4-7.22 RRTFBRule 4-7.22Referrals, Directories and Pooled Advertising
4-8 | Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
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473Rule 4-8.1 RRTFBRule 4-8.1Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
474Rule 4-8.2 RRTFBRule 4-8.2Judicial and Legal Officials
475Rule 4-8.3 RRTFBRule 4-8.3Reporting Professional Misconduct
476Rule 4-8.4 RRTFBRule 4-8.4Misconduct
477Rule 4-8.5 RRTFBRule 4-8.5Jurisdiction
478Rule 4-8.6 RRTFBRule 4-8.6Authorized Business Entities
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