California Business And Professions Code Section 6043

Each local administrative committee shall: (a) Receive and investigate complaints as to the conduct of members. (b) Make findings, whenever ordered by the board. (c) Make recommendations and forward its report to the board for action. The board may: (a) Act upon the report. (b) Take additional evidence. (c) Set aside the report and hear the whole case de novo. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a local administrative committee, its chairman, or a member of the staff of the State Bar, duly authorized by the board, may, in its or his discretion, require the filing of a verified accusation by a complainant stating specific charges and specific facts, or may require specific evidence or facts in support of the complaint, before proceeding with an investigation or hearing, as may be provided in rules of procedure adopted by the board.