LPO Rules and Regulations

Some changes to the rules and regulations have been enacted, effective on various dates in 2016.

Summary of 2016 Changes

Current Rules and Regulations

APR 12

APR 12 Appendix/Regulations

LPO Continuing Education Regulations

LPO Rules of Professional Conduct

Rules for Enforcement of LPO Conduct

Disciplinary Regulations Applicable to ELPOC Title 15

Notice: Washington Supreme Court Publishes Proposed Amendments for Comment through April 30, 2017.

Proposed changes to the Admission and Practice Rules are published for comment on the Washington Supreme Court website:

December 2016 - Proposed Rules Published for Comment

LPO practice and licensing is regulated under APR 12 and accompanying regulations. The APRs cover similar topics concerning exams, admissions, and license renewal for LPOs, lawyers, and Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT). Currently, the rules include differing schedules and procedures for each license type, complicating administration. The proposed changes seek to streamline WSBA’s administration of these processes by combining them where possible.

The comment period is open until April 30, 2017. Any changes adopted by the Court would be effective no earlier than September 2017.

WSBA Bylaws amendments were approved by the Board of Governors September 2016.

Review a summary of bylaws amendments.

The changes define LPOs as "members" of the WSBA along with lawyers and LLLTs, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Some changes will be rolled out through 2017, others may require approval of the APRs by the court. We will send additional information as changes take effect.