About the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection

The Supreme Court of Ohio has among its most important responsibilities maintaining the integrity of the judicial system and public confidence in judges and lawyers. The Supreme Court promulgates codes of conduct and administers a system of discipline for judges and lawyers.

On May 13, 1985, through Gov. Bar Rule VIII, the Court established the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection. The purpose of the Fund is to compensate clients who sustain financial losses resulting from dishonest acts by attorneys acting in a fiduciary or legal capacity.

While the vast majority of attorneys in Ohio discharge their duties in an honest and professional manner, there are a few who violate the trust placed in them by their clients. The Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection represents an effort by the legal profession to provide a source of recovery.

It is important to emphasize that the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection is not supported by tax dollars, but is funded through registration fees paid by all Ohio judges and attorneys.

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