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What is the difference between a censure and a reprimand?

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What is the difference between a censure and a reprimand?

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  1. In what context? From your employer? From a court?

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  2. Both a censure and a reprimand by a private employer are serious disciplinary actions short of termination, there is no significant legal difference.

    If you are referring to a censure versus a reprimand of an attorney by the California State Bar, the censure is a more serious form of discipline. However, you can get the details by going to the California State Bar website. You can even send a letter to the California State Bar and get a copy of the opinion.


  3. Without context, an accurate response is not possible. Both are bad regardless of the context.

    Good luck to you.

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  4. Technically, the legal definition in any context is that a reprimand is a public, formal censure. A censure is not always public.

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