The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) is part of a comprehensive lawyer regulation system established by the Montana Supreme Court. The system consists of ODC and the Commission on Practice (COP). ODC performs central intake functions and processes, investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers that are within the jurisdiction of the Court. COP hears and decides the complaints and, in appropriate cases, makes recommendations to the Court for discipline. COP and ODC are under the direct supervision of the Montana Supreme Court. The Court appoints the Disciplinary Counsel. There are nine lawyers and five non-lawyers on the COP. The Court also appoints both the lawyer and the non-lawyer members of COP.

ODC has the authority to investigate:

  • All matters involving possible misconduct,
  • All matters involving possible disability,
  • Prosecution of disciplinary and disability proceedings,
  • Overdraft notifications of escrow accounts,
  • Petitions for reinstatement.

To learn more about ODC and its responsibilities, browse through our web pages.