Arizona Supreme Court’s control over state bar debated, contested in House Judiciary Committee hearing

Every state, either by statute, constitution, or case law, vests with the state’s courts power over bar admission specifically and lawyers in general. Arizona, however, is among several states that have legislatures that are seeking to take away or involve themselves more directly into controlling the bar.

On February 14, 2013 the Arizona House Judiciary Committee debated HB 2480. On the one hand it would require the state’s supreme court to adopt rules to license attorneys for the practice of law in Arizona, something the supreme court already does. It would also end the practice whereby an attorney is obligated to join the state bar in order to practice law.

After about 38 minutes of debate, the bill was held over to be debated further at another committee hearing.