The Supreme Court of South Carolina
RE: Amendment to Rule 30 of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement
Pursuant to Article V, §4 of the South Carolina Constitution, the Rule 30 of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (RLDE) contained in Rule 413, SCACR, is amended to add the following:
(h) Failure to Comply. A disbarred or suspended lawyer who fails to comply with the requirements of this rule may be held in criminal or civil contempt by the Supreme Court. Further, if a disbarred or suspended lawyer fails to timely surrender the certificate to practice law or to timely file the affidavit as required by sections (f) and (g) of this rule, the time before the disbarred or suspended lawyer is eligible to seek reinstatement under Rules 32 or 33, RLDE, shall not begin to run until the certificate and affidavit are actually received by the Clerk of the Supreme Court.
This amendment shall be effective immediately. It shall apply to lawyers who are disbarred or suspended on or after the date of this order.
Further, for lawyers who are disbarred or suspended before the date of this order and have not surrendered their certificate to practice law or filed the affidavit, they must surrender the certificate and/or file the affidavit within thirty (30) days of the date of this order. If they fail to do so, the time before they are eligible to seek reinstatement under Rules 32 or 33, RLDE, shall be tolled and shall not begin to run again until their certificate and/or affidavit are actually received by the Clerk of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/James E. Moore J.
s/John H. Waller, Jr. J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
s/Donald W. Beatty J.
Columbia, South Carolina
March 25, 2008