The Final Proposed ACJA 7-209 document was posted October 6, 2020 (see "Proposed ACJA 7-209Final for AJC 10.06.20" below). This version reflects changes that were made based on comments to this forum and input from the State Bar of Arizona and the Clerk of the Supreme Court. This is the version that will be presented to the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) on October 22, 2020, for consideration for adoption, effective January 1, 2021 and to align with the effective date of related rule changes that were adopted by the Supreme Court in its August Order for Rule Petition R-20-0034.
The Third Amended Proposed 7-209 was filed SEPTEMBER 22, 2020, in response to the Supreme Court's Order adopted the proposed rule amendments allowing the creation of a program to license Alternative Business Structures (ABS). This filing includes details on the fee schedule for the licensing process. COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH OCTOBER 5, 2020.
This proposal was modified on JUNE 22, 2020 to align proposed draft 7-209 with the Final Amended Petition filed in R-20-0034. The Second Amended Draft 7-209 filed this date reflects changes made not only to align with R-20-0034 but also reflects input from various commenters here and in the Supreme Court Rules Forum.
This proposal was modified on April 27 to align proposed draft 7-209 with additional amendments to R-20-0034 and comments to that rule petition as well as to this proposal regarding the regulation of Alternative Business Structures received through the first comment period.
This proposal was amended on 3-5-2019 to correct various typographical errors in the draft code section.
This proposal creates a new ACJA section that sets forth regulatory requirements for the administration of the licensure of Alternative Business Structures (ABS). The proposal includes requirements for licensing (initial and renewal), roles and responsibilities of an ABS and its compliance lawyers, and discipline sanctions for misconduct by an ABS or its members. This section also includes codes of conduct for an ABS and its non-lawyer members.
This proposal should be read in conjunction with Rule Petition R-20-0034: https://www.azcourts.gov/Rules-Forum/aff/123
located on the Supreme Court Rules Forum web page.
Comment Deadline: Initial Comment deadline is March 30, 2020, with an amended proposal, if any, to be filed by the AOC by April 27, and a final comment period concluding on May 26, 2020 with final amended proposal, if any to be filed by AOC by June 22.
For more information, contact Suzanne Porter, [email protected]