Court Amends Rule XII on CSF Reimbursement Claims

March 4, 2016

On February 9 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals amended Rule XII of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar to eliminate delays faced by some claimants in getting reimbursement from the Clients' Security Trust Fund for a loss resulting from dishonest conduct by a member of the D.C. Bar. The amendments take effect March 11.

The court adopted the revisions to Rule XII as proposed by the Bar's Board of Governors on October 27, 2015.

The amendments would remove the preconditions or "jurisdictional triggers" that must be present before the Fund can pay a claim. The revisions also would permit the Fund to consider claims from applicants currently denied access to the Fund because they had retained lawyers who had been disbarred by the Court of Appeals.

View the court order in full.