All states have a complaint system. IL it is done through an administrative agency set up by the Supreme Court with the Supreme Court as the final decision maker.<quoted text>
So who do you think is guarding the public trust when it comes to complaints on attorneys?
2012 report from IL
GRIEVANCES AND FORMAL DISCIPLINARY CHARGES
During 2012, the ARDC docketed 6,397 investigations, a 3.9% increase from the
prior year and the highest number of docketed investigations since 1996. Much of the
increase is attributable to a Supreme Court rule requiring financial institutions to report
any overdraft on a lawyer’s trust account. In 2012, the ARDC received 421 such reports.
More than half of all grievances filed involved issues of poor attorney-client relations,
typically neglect of a client matter (38% of all grievances) or failure to communicate with
a client (20% of all grievances). Consistent with prior years, the top practice areas likely
to attract a grievance include criminal law, domestic relations, tort, and real estate.
During 2012, the Supreme Court entered 103 sanctions against 102 lawyers (one
lawyer was disciplined twice in 2012). The Court suspended an additional 7 lawyers on
an emergency basis. Cook County practitioners accounted for 43% of all disciplined
lawyers. Approximately 22% of those disciplined in 2012 had one or more identified
substance abuse or mental impairment issues. About 88% of sanctioned lawyers were