(a) Scheduling. Upon receipt of the respondent’s answer or upon expiration of the time to answer, the hearing panel of the Commission shall schedule a public hearing and notify disciplinary counsel and respondent of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
(b) Hearing Panel. The hearing shall be conducted by three or more members of the hearing panel of the Commission. See Rule 4(g).
(c) Conduct of Hearing.
(1) All testimony shall be given under oath or affirmation.
(2) Disciplinary counsel shall present evidence on the formal charges.
(3) Disciplinary counsel may call the respondent as a witness.
(4) Both parties shall be permitted to present evidence and produce and cross-examine witnesses.
(5) The hearing shall be recorded verbatim and a transcript shall be promptly prepared and filed with the Commission. A copy of the transcript shall be made available to the respondent at respondent’s expense.
(6) Disciplinary counsel and the respondent may submit proposed findings, conclusions, and recommendations for dismissal, letter of caution, sanction(s), or transfer to lawyer incapacity inactive status to the members of the hearing panel who conducted the hearing.
(d) Submission of the Report. Within 60 days after the filing of the transcript, the hearing panel shall file with the Supreme Court the record of the proceeding and a report setting forth a written summary, proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, any minority opinions, and recommendations for dismissal, letter of caution, sanction(s), or transfer to lawyer incapacity inactive status. The hearing panel shall at the same time serve the report upon the respondent and disciplinary counsel.
(e) Combining Cases for Hearing. Upon motion of either party after 10 days notice to the opposing party, a hearing panel may combine for hearing two or more formal charges pending against a lawyer which have not been heard or may reconvene to hear additional formal charges against a lawyer filed prior to the hearing panel issuing a panel report concerning formal charges against the lawyer already heard by that panel.
Last amended by Order dated March 22, 2010.