Report 2009-030 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report 2009-030: State Bar of California: It Can Do More to Manage Its Disciplinary System and Probation Processes Effectively and to Control Costs (Release Date: July 2009)

Recommendation #9 To: Bar of California, State

To make sure that it is using the most cost-effective methods to recover discipline costs, the State Bar should complete a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether the benefits associated with using collection agencies outweigh the costs. If it determines that the collection agencies are, in fact, cost effective, the State Bar should redirect in-house staff to other disciplinary activities.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From January 2012

The State Bar determined it is more beneficial and effective to use collection agencies to collect all delinquent accounts for discipline costs, and has contracted with a collection agency for all delinquent discipline, Client Security Fund, and assistance program accounts. The State Bar has redirected the staff members that were working on cost recovery efforts back to their primary function of billing and collecting member dues. (See 2011-041 p. 188)

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2009-030

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.