APR 1 IN GENERAL; SUPREME COURT; PREREQUISITES TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW; IMMUNITY (a) Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Washington has the exclusive responsibility and the inherent power to establish the qualifications for admission to practice law, and to admit persons to practice law in this state. Any person carrying out the functions set forth in these rules is acting under the authority and at the direction of the Supreme Court. (b) Prerequisites to the Practice of Law. Except as may be otherwise provided in these rules, a person shall not appear as an attorney or counsel in any of the courts of the State of Washington, or practice law in this state, unless that person has passed the Washington State bar examination, has complied with the other requirements of these rules, and is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association (referred to in these rules as the Bar Association). A person shall be admitted to the practice of law and become an active member of the Bar Association only by order of the Supreme Court. (c) Communications to the Association. Communications to the Association, the Board of Governors, the Board of Bar Examiners, the Character and Fitness Board, the Law Clerk Board, mediators, mediation staff, or any other individual person, board, committee or other entity acting under authority of these rules, are absolutely privileged, and no lawsuit may be predicated thereon. [Amended effective September 1, 1984; September 1, 1999; September 1, 2005; September 1, 2006; January 2, 2008; January 13, 2009]
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