Why do I have to respond to this “frivolous” Bar complaint?

Upon receipt of a Bar complaint, General Counsel reviews it to determine if the complaint articulates a possible violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct.  If so, the attorney is required to file a response. 

As an attorney and officer of the court, you have an obligation under the Rules of Professional Conduct to ensure that the disciplinary authority has the information it needs to make an informed decision. This can only be accomplished by your timely response.  A failure to respond to a Bar complaint constitutes a violation of Rule 8.1(b) of the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct.  The lack of merit to a complaint is no defense to your failure to respond.