What is the difference between a censure and a reprimand?

Asked 12 months ago - Los Angeles, CA

What is the difference between a censure and a reprimand?

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  1. Brad S Kane

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    Answered . 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.

  2. Marilynn Mika Spencer

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

    @MikaSpencer * * * twitter.com/MikaSpencer * * * PLEASE READ: All legal actions have time limits, called statutes... more
  3. Neil Pedersen

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

    Good luck to you.

    This answer should not be construed to create any attorney-client relationship. Such a relationship can be formed... more
  4. Andrew Lawrence Weitz

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    Answered . 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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