Failing to fulfill MCLE requirements can result in placement on administrative inactive status. The California Bar requires active attorneys, with some exceptions, to complete 25 hours of continuing education every three years. These hours must include at least four hours of legal ethics, one hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession and one hour of prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse or mental illness. The California Bar audits attorney compliance, and an attorney found to have falsely reported compliance may face discipline.

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