Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC)
The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on November 1, 1986, (with subsequent amendments) by order of the Idaho Supreme Court. The IRPC are based largely on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, with some Idaho variations.
In 2003, the E2K Committee was appointed by the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners to review the IRPC in conjunction with the ABA's revision of the Model Rules based upon the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission's review and recommendations. The IRPC were thereafter revised and adopted by the Idaho Supreme Court, effective July 1, 2004. The Idaho Supreme Court also specifically adopted the comments to the IRPC. The Court has adopted amendments to a number of the rules since 2004.
Please Note: These two sets of rules are included for your convenience. Professional conduct is evaluated [based on] the rules in effect at the time of the conduct and these are the last two sets of rules, one before and one after the most recent amendments. If you need to evaluate professional conduct before the effective dates of these two sets of rules, please contact the Idaho State Bar.
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.