Because California is the only state whose professional conduct rules are not adapted from the ABA Model Rules, the revisions reflect a reorganization and renumbering to align California rules with the Model Rules. Last comprehensively revised in 1987, the rules mark the culmination of nearly 10 years of work by a special commission and a year of work by the board of governors.
Due to the volume of background material surrounding the proposed new rules, the bar submitted six particular rules to the court in a format suggested for consideration of the remaining 61 rules, which will be submitted later. The bar also asked that the current 45 rules be repealed.
The new rules will not take effect until they’re approved by the Supreme Court.