What happens if I fail to report and pay my late fee by the September 30 grace period deadline for a two-year reporting period?
Supreme Court Rule(s) cited in this FAQ: Rule 796
On October 1, the Director must refer you to the ARDC for failure to report your compliance with or an exemption from the CLE requirements for the two-year reporting period by September 30. You will also be referred if you failed to pay your late fee by September 30.
The ARDC will then send you a notice, which specifies the date the ARDC will be authorized to remove your name from the Master Roll of Attorneys for MCLE non-compliance. That date is no sooner than 21 days from the notice date if you fail to either report compliance or a valid exemption or fail to pay an outstanding fee before that date.
Under the Rules, not receiving a notice is not an excuse for failure to report. The ARDC is also not required to mail a notice with that date to attorneys who have been removed from the Master Roll for two or more consecutive MCLE reporting periods. Rule 796(e).
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