15.01 Purpose and Nature of Sanctions

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A. Purpose of Lawyer Discipline Proceedings.
The purpose of lawyer discipline proceedings is to protect the public and the administration of justice from lawyers who have not discharged, will not discharge, or are unlikely to properly discharge their professional duties to clients, the public, the legal system, and the legal profession.

B. Purpose of These Guidelines.
These Guidelines are designed for use in Disciplinary Actions and Disciplinary Proceedings under Parts II and III of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. The Guidelines set forth a comprehensive system for determining sanctions, permitting flexibility and creativity in assigning Sanctions in particular cases of lawyer misconduct. They are designed to promote: (1) consideration of all factors relevant to imposing the appropriate level of Sanction in an individual case; (2) consideration of the appropriate weight of such factors in light of the stated goals of lawyer discipline; and (3) consistency in the imposition of disciplinary Sanctions for the same or similar rule violations among the various district grievance committees and district courts that consider these matters. The Guidelines do not limit the authority of a district grievance committee or of a district judge to make a finding or issue a decision. 

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