Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC)
Please Note: There are two sets of the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. Both are offered here for your convenience.
On March 15, 2004, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an order adopting the 2003 amended Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct, including the comments. The new rules became effective July 1, 2004.
This set Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on November 1, 1986, (with subsequent amendments) by order of the Idaho Supreme Court and were effective through June 30, 2004. The IRPC are based largely on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, with some Idaho variations.
The Idaho Supreme Court adopted this set of the IRPC in the form presented here, but did not adopt the comments. The comments have been included as an aid to the reader, but it must be specifically understood that they are included in the discretion of the publisher and not at the direction of the Court.
Conflicts between the Rules and the comments should be resolved strictly in favor of the Rules.
The comments are borrowed from the ABA Model Rules, except where underlining appears. Underlined comments represent changes included to reflect Idaho variations in the text of the particular Rule.
The Model Guidelines For The Utilization Of Legal Assistant Services were adopted by the Idaho State Bar membership during the 1992 resolution process. These guidelines are an attempt to identify the proper role of a legal assistant and to define the lawyer’s supervisory role. The Model Guidelines are not part of the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. They are advisory only and do not conflict with the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. There are 10 guidelines, covering a lawyer’s supervisory and training responsibilities, the permissible scope of delegation, how legal assistants are held out to clients, the courts and the public, and guidelines for the billing of a legal assistant’s time.