The Grievance Process

The New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office processes grievances against attorneys when there are allegations of professional misconduct. By "professional misconduct," we mean conduct that violates the Rules of Professional Conduct.

In any case in which it is ultimately found that a lawyer has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Professional Conduct Committee imposes or recommends an appropriate sanction. Possible sanctions are reprimand, public censure, suspension or disbarment. The Attorney Discipline System does not have authority to award money, resolve fee disputes, or affect the underlying case.

The flowchart below outlines the processing of a grievance as it moves through the Attorney Discipline System. Click the links to the right to learn more about the different groups and committees that are part of the grievance process.