Most complaints to the Law Society are closed or resolved without formal discipline.
Matters assigned to the Discipline Department include:
- Cases involving lawyer and paralegal misconduct
- Failure to comply with regulatory obligations (including the duty to respond to a Law Society investigation)
- Applications for reinstatement of suspended licences
- Applications to vary Hearing Panel orders.
- Appeals to the Appeal Division and to the Courts
- Motions for Interlocutory Suspension Orders
For more information on Discipline, read the full report of the Professional Regulation Division.
Hearings: matters heard and disposed of by hearing panels in 2013View Data
Discipline issues by percentage of total
*Percentages total more than 100 because some matters raise more than one discipline issue.View Data
Appeals to Law Society Appeal Panel
In 2013 there were 20 appeals stemming from decisions of the Hearing Panel, 19 regarding lawyers and 1 regarding a paralegal applicant.
Appeals to the Courts
There were 3 appeals and 3 judicial reviews initiated in the Divisional Court in 2013, and none in the Court of Appeal. In 2012, 4 appeals and 5 judicial reviews were initiated in Divisional Court, and 2 (leave motions) were brought before the Court of Appeal.