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RULE 604
ATTORNEYS OR COURT OFFICERS AS SURETY

(a) An attorney or other officer of any court of this State shall not:

(1) Be, directly or indirectly, a surety upon any recognizance or undertaking in any court of this State;

(2) Be, directly or indirectly, involved in the surety business or in business with any person or persons becoming surety upon any recognizance or undertaking in any court in this State;

(3) Refer a person, directly or indirectly, to any surety or bondsman who is an immediate family member of the attorney or court officer. An immediate family member includes the spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son, daughter, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law.

(b) A clerk of court shall not accept any recognizance or undertaking on which an attorney or other officer of any court of this State has acted, directly or indirectly, as a surety.

(c) An attorney or court officer violating a provision of this Rule shall be guilty of contempt. The prohibitions contained in this Rule shall not apply to any recognizance or undertaking in which the attorney, the court officer, an immediate family member of the attorney or court officer, or an agent or employee of the attorney or court officer is the principal.