Why doesn’t my attorney have to respond to my Bar complaint?

If the allegations in the Bar complaint do not state a possible ethics violation then the attorney is sent a copy of your complaint with a letter stating a response is not required.  The Bar complaint is then forwarded to the Committee on Professional Responsibility for a vote within 20 days as to whether a response is needed. Should the Committee determine a response is needed, a letter will be sent to the attorney with a due date to file a response.  If a response is not required by the Committee, your complaint goes before the Committee at their next meeting for dismissal. It is in the sole discretion of the Committee as to whether a response is required to a Bar complaint.