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North Carolina Professional Responsibility Research

A guide to researching legal ethics in North Carolina

Overview of Legal Ethics in North Carolina

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility in North Carolina

  • The North Carolina State Bar ("State Bar") was created in 1933 by the North Carolina General Assembly as "the government agency responsible for the regulation of the legal profession in North Carolina."  In carrying out this duty, the State Bar has adopted the 2003 Revised Rules of Professional Responsibility and is responsible for "the investigation and prosecution of lawyers who violate" the code.  For a brief timeline of ethical rules in North Carolina, see "Rules for Attorneys," below.  In this section you will find information about legal ethics and professional responsibility in North Carolina.


North Carolina Ethics Committee

Providing a brief overview of disciplinary considerations and procedures enacted by the North Carolina State Bar.

Attorney Conduct

This section contains information on the ethical rules for attorneys practicing in North Carolina state and federal courts.

Judicial Conduct

Information on the governing codes of judicial conduct for state and federal judges in the state of North Carolina, with reference to disciplinary procedures where appropriate.