Character and Fitness Screening Procedure for Applicants with Mental Disabilities
There have been changes to the character and fitness screening procedures relative to applicants with mental health disabilities. The Louisiana Supreme Court entered into a voluntary settlement agreement with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice concerning new policies and procedures for the evaluation and processing of applicants with mental health disabilities.
On February 1, 2014, the Supreme Court amended Rule XVII to ensure complete confidentiality of all bar admissions files. See La. Sup. Ct. Rule XVII, Sec. 1(G). The fact of, and underlying reasons for the Court’s grant of conditional admission, (including any medical or health related information associated with admission), are kept strictly confidential pursuant to the amended rule. The Court has also worked with the NCBE to modify Questions 25-27 which appear on the Character and Fitness application form that law student registrants and bar applicants are asked to complete. To view the settlement agreement, click here.
Below is contact information for the Court’s Agreement Coordinator:
Lauren McHugh Rocha
Deputy Judicial Administrator/General Counsel
Louisiana Supreme Court
Office of the Judicial Administrator
400 Royal Street, Suite 1190
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 310-2622
Fax: (504) 310-2587