This section will explain how the Law Society reports to the public with respect to complaints and disciplinary measures. This practice is governed by Part 10 Discipline and Competence of the Law Society Act, 1996 as well as our internal Policies on Publication of Discipline Cases, which were approved by Council of the Law Society in February 2014.
Practice Restrictions and/or Conditions - always disclosedOpen
Sometimes a complaint will lead to practice restrictions and/or conditions being imposed on a lawyer. In every case where a lawyer’s practice is currently restricted or subject to conditions, our Lawyer Search informs the public of the lawyer’s restricted practice. The restricted practice notice remains in place for the public until the restriction and/or conditions have been removed.Close
Which complaints are public?Open
All complaints referred to the Discipline Committee after July 1, 2009 are considered public and a list of all these matters is available on our Discipline Cases page. Once a decision has been rendered, the decision is prepared for publication and posted to the same page.Close
Which complaints are not public?Open
The following complaints are not public:
- All matters that arose before July 1, 2009.
Only matters which have been referred to the Discipline Committee after July 1, 2009 are public.
In addition, claims being considered by the Compensation Fund Committee are not public, even if there was a public hearing of a related complaint.Close
Prior to July 1, 2009Open
Prior to its amendment on July 1, 2009, the Law Society Act, 1996 did not provide for discipline hearings to be open to the public but neither did it prohibit the publication of Discipline Committee decisions. Historical cases relating to matters that arose before July 1, 2009 and going back to January 1, 1997, when the Law Society Act, 1996 came into force and the Discipline Committee was created, are currently being translated for publication through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). Because these decisions relate to matters that are not public, the decisions will be published in an anonymized format that does not reveal the names of the lawyers involved and they are not indexed on our Discipline Cases page.
Discipline-related decisions prior to January 1, 1997 are not available.Close
Ongoing discipline and discipline history do not include insurance claims, whether they are open or closed and whether or not damages were paid. Information of this type is managed by the lawyer's insurer, and is not available to the office of the Registrar of Complaints.Close
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