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Rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky

This compilation of Supreme Court Rules has been prepared as a service and convenience to our members. The Official listing may be found on the Kentucky Court of Justice website.


Practice of Law

SCR 3.010      General definitions
SCR 3.020      Practice of law defined
SCR 3.022      Forms of practice of law
SCR 3.023      Disclosure of Professional Liability Insurance
SCR 3.024      Requirements of practicing law in limited liability entities
SCR 3.025      Kentucky Bar Association
SCR 3.026      Local divisions of the Kentucky Bar Association
SCR 3.030      Membership, practice by nonmembers and classes of membership
SCR 3.035      Membership Registration Requirements and Service
SCR 3.040      Dues: date of payment and amount
SCR 3.050      Collection of dues; suspension for non-payment
SCR 3.060      Records to show status of members
SCR 3.070      The board; functions and membership
SCR 3.080      Selection and tenure of board of governors; filling vacancies on the board
SCR 3.090      Duties and powers of the board
SCR 3.100      Officers of the board and association
SCR 3.110      The house; functions, membership, terms and vacancies - Deleted
SCR 3.115      Bar center headquarters
SCR 3.120      Fiscal provisions
SCR 3.125      Travel-Abolished

Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct

SCR 3.130      Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct
SCR 3.130(1.0)      Terminology
SCR 3.130(1.1)      Competence
SCR 3.130(1.2)      Scope of representation and allocation of authority between client and lawyer
SCR 3.130(1.3)      Diligence
SCR 3.130(1.4)      Communication
SCR 3.130(1.5)      Fees
SCR 3.130(1.6)      Confidentiality of information
SCR 3.130(1.7)      Conflict of interest: current clients
SCR 3.130(1.8)      Conflict of interest: current clients; specific rules
SCR 3.130(1.9)      Duties to former clients
SCR 3.130(1.10)      Imputation of conflicts of interest: general rule
SCR 3.130(1.11)      Special conflicts of interest for former and current government officers and employees
SCR 3.130(1.12)      Judge, arbitrator, mediator or other third-party neutral
SCR 3.130(1.13)      Organization as client
SCR 3.130(1.14)      Client with diminished capacity
SCR 3.130(1.15)      Safekeeping property
SCR 3.130(1.16)      Declining or terminating representation
SCR 3.130(1.17)      Sale of law practice
SCR 3.130(1.18)      Duties to prospective client
SCR 3.130(1.19)      Dissolution of law firm
SCR 3.130(1.20)      Sale of law practice


SCR 3.130(2.1)      Advisor
SCR 3.130(2.2)      Intermediary – Deleted
SCR 3.130(2.3)      Evaluation for use by third persons
SCR 3.130(2.4)      Lawyer serving as third-party neutral


SCR 3.130(3.1)      Meritorious claims and contentions
SCR 3.130(3.2)      Expediting litigation
SCR 3.130(3.3)      Candor toward the tribunal
SCR 3.130(3.4)      Fairness to opposing party and counsel
SCR 3.130(3.5)      Impartiality and decorum of the tribunal
SCR 3.130(3.6)      Trial publicity
SCR 3.130(3.7)      Lawyer as witness
SCR 3.130(3.8)      Special responsibilities of a prosecutor
SCR 3.130(3.9)      Advocate in nonadjudicative proceedings

Transactions With Persons Other Than Clients

SCR 3.130(4.1)      Truthfulness in statements to others
SCR 3.130(4.2)      Communication with person represented by counsel
SCR 3.130(4.3)      Dealing with unrepresented person
SCR 3.130(4.4)      Respect for rights of third persons
SCR 3.130(4.5)      Solicitation of clients
SCR 3.130(4.6)      Waiver and forfeiture of fees for prohibited solicitation    

Law Firms and Associations

SCR 3.130(5.1)      Responsibilities of partners, managers and supervisory lawyers
SCR 3.130(5.2)      Responsibilities of a subordinate lawyer
SCR 3.130(5.3)      Responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants
SCR 3.130(5.4)      Professional independence of a lawyer
SCR 3.130(5.5)      Unauthorized practice of law; multijurisdictional practice of law
SCR 3.130(5.6)      Restrictions on right to practice
SCR 3.130(5.7)      Activities of Suspended Lawyer  

Public Service

SCR 3.130(6.1)      Donated legal services
SCR 3.130(6.2)      Accepting appointments
SCR 3.130(6.3)      Membership in legal services organization
SCR 3.130(6.4)      Law reform activities affecting client interests
SCR 3.130(6.5)      Nonprofit and court-annexed limited legal services programs

Information About Legal Services

SCR 3.130(7.01)      Definitions
SCR 3.130(7.02)      Attorneys’ Advertising Commission 
SCR 3.130(7.03)      Advisory opinions 
SCR 3.130(7.04)      Records of the Commission
SCR 3.130(7.10)      Communications concerning a lawyer’s service 
SCR 3.130(7.15)      Advertising of fees 
SCR 3.130(7.20)      Advertising
SCR 3.130(7.40)      Communication of fields of practice
SCR 3.130(7.50)      Firm names and letterheads 

SCR 3.130(7.60)      Kentucky Bar Association disaster response plan
SCR 3.130(7.1)      Communications concerning a lawyer’s services – Deleted
SCR 3.130(7.2)      Advertising – Deleted
SCR 3.130(7.3)      Direct contact with prospective clients – Deleted
SCR 3.130(7.4)      Communication of fields of practice – Deleted
SCR 3.130(7.5)      Firm names and letterheads – Deleted

Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession

SCR 3.130(8.1)      Bar admission and disciplinary matters
SCR 3.130(8.2)      Judicial and legal officials
SCR 3.130(8.3)      Reporting professional misconduct
SCR 3.130(8.4)      Misconduct
SCR 3.130(8.5)      Disciplinary authority; choice of law
SCR 3.135      Advertisement of legal services - Deleted
SCR 3.140      Appointment of inquiry commission
SCR 3.150      Access to disciplinary information
SCR 3.155      Appointment and duties of Bar Counsel
SCR 3.157      Appointment and duties of Disciplinary Clerk
SCR 3.160      Initiation of disciplinary cases
SCR 3.165      Temporary suspension by the Supreme Court
SCR 3.166      Automatic suspension after conviction of a felony
SCR 3.170      Processing disciplinary cases
SCR 3.180      Investigations and trials to be prompt; subpoena power
SCR 3.181      Assistance to other lawyer disciplinary jurisdictions
SCR 3.185      Informal admonition procedure
SCR 3.190      Charges; form; by whom and where filed
SCR 3.200      Notice of filing charges; time to answer
SCR 3.210      Processing cases of default, admissions of violations or answers raising only issues of law
SCR 3.220      When charge shall not be taken as confessed - Deleted
SCR 3.225      Appointment of Trial Commission
SCR 3.230      Procedure when answer raises issues of fact
SCR 3.240      Notice of appointment of Trial Commissioner and hearing
SCR 3.250      Challenge to qualifications of trial commissioner - Deleted
SCR 3.260      Joinder and consolidation
SCR 3.270      Absent respondents; appointment of attorney - Deleted
SCR 3.280      Pleadings and preliminary motions – Deleted
SCR 3.285      Motion to reconsider or dismiss a charge
SCR 3.290      Filing and processing of pleadings and other papers
SCR 3.300      Rights of respondent against whom a charge has been filed
SCR 3.310      Mental disability after misconduct charged - Deleted
SCR 3.320      Procedure where an attorney has been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony
SCR 3.330      Order of proceedings and burden of proof
SCR 3.340      Introduction and admissibility of evidence, evidence taken in other proceedings
SCR 3.350      Transcript of evidence
SCR 3.360      Trial Commissioner to file report with Disciplinary Clerk
SCR 3.365      Notice of appeal
SCR 3.370      Procedure before the Board and the Court
SCR 3.375      Appointment of non-lawyer members to Board
SCR 3.380      Degrees of discipline; indefinite suspension in default cases
SCR 3.390      Notice to client of suspension or disbarment
SCR 3.395      Appointment of special commissioner to protect clients' interests
SCR 3.400      Rehearing by Trial Commissioner
SCR 3.410      Procedure in the court - Deleted
SCR 3.420      Attorney general may represent the board - Deleted
SCR 3.430      Duty to file brief - Deleted
SCR 3.435      Reciprocal discipline
SCR 3.440      Disposition of case
SCR 3.450      Recovery of costs
SCR 3.455      Subpoena power
SCR 3.460      Unauthorized practices proceeding
SCR 3.470      Attorney aiding unauthorized practice
SCR 3.475      Furnishing legal services pursuant to a pre-paid legal services plan
SCR 3.476      Furnishing legal services pursuant to a prepaid legal service plan – Abolished
SCR 3.477      Member's financial interest in plan or group
SCR 3.480      Withdrawal from the association; negotiated sanctions
SCR 3.490      Mental disability in absence of misconduct - Deleted
SCR 3.500      Restoration to membership
SCR 3.505      Character and Fitness Committee; reinstatements
SCR 3.510      Reinstatement in case of disciplinary suspension
SCR 3.520      Reinstatement in case of disbarment - Deleted
SCR 3.530      Ethics Committee and Unauthorized Practice Committee - advisory opinions-informal and formal
SCR 3.540      Legal internship-Renumbered
SCR 3.550      Amendments - Deleted

SCR 3.600      Continuing Legal Education definitions
SCR 3.605      The commission; functions and membership
SCR 3.610      Selection and tenure of the commission, filling vacancies on the commission
SCR 3.615      Commission member qualifications
SCR 3.620      Commission quorum
SCR 3.625      Commission staff
SCR 3.630      Commission duties
SCR 3.635      Kentucky Law Update seminars in each appellate district
SCR 3.640      New lawyer program requirement
SCR 3.645      Continuing legal education requirements: compliance and certification
SCR 3.650      Qualifying continuing legal education activity and standards
SCR 3.655      Calculation and reporting of continuing legal education credits: formulas and limits
SCR 3.660      Procedure for accreditation of continuing legal education activities and obligations of sponsors
SCR 3.665      Exemptions and removal of exemptions
SCR 3.670      Extension of time requirements
SCR 3.675      Non-compliance: procedure and sanctions
SCR 3.680      Appeal of commission actions
SCR 3.685      Continuing legal education requirements for restoration or reinstatement to membership: procedures
SCR 3.690      Continuing legal education award

SCR 3.695      Commission records confidential
SCR 3.700      Provisions relating to paralegals
SCR 3.800      Legal negligence arbitration
SCR 3.810      Legal fee arbitration
SCR 3.815      Mediation and arbitration

SCR 3.820      Clients' Security Fund

SCR 3.830      Kentucky IOLTA Fund

SCR 3.900      Definitions
SCR 3.910      Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP)
SCR 3.920      Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program Commission (KYLAP Commission)
SCR 3.930      KYLAP Program Director and Staff
SCR 3.940      KYLAP Volunteer Counselors
SCR 3.950      Self-Referrals
SCR 3.960      Third Party Referrals
SCR 3.970      Agency Referrals
SCR 3.980      Supreme Court Assignments to KYLAP
SCR 3.990      Confidentiality
SCR 3.995      Immunity

*Last Update: 01/01/2018

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