To assure the Legislature and the public that the data in the State Bar's discipline reports are accurate, the board should implement controls over the accuracy, consistency, and sufficiency of the data gathered and methods used to compute the information included in the report. For example, the board could expand the role of an existing board committee—such as the regulation and discipline committee—to include a review of the discipline report and the underlying discipline statistics
The Board of Trustees adopted an amendment to the charter of its Regulation and Discipline (RAD) Committee providing authority to RAD for oversight of the Annual Discipline Report process and underlying discipline statistics.
The Regulation and Discipline Committee will consider Charter amendments designed to formalize its role over review and approval of the Annual Discipline Report, including the underlying statistics, at its January 31, 2016, meeting.
The State Bar is reviewing the methodology for gathering and reporting the information in the annual discipline report. It will document and report to the Regulation and Discipline Committee and the board controls, data collection methods and data validation methods in producing the annual discipline report. In addition, the State Bar will expressly add oversight of the annual discipline report process and underlying discipline statistics to the charge of RAD.
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