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 Division orders.
- Appeals to the Appeal Division and to the Courts
- Motions for Interlocutory Suspension Orders
Hearings: matters heard and disposed of by the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division in 2014View 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 the Law Society Tribunal - Appeal Division
In 2014, there were 23 appeals of decisions of the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division, 18 regarding lawyers, 4 regarding paralegals and 1 regarding a paralegal applicant.
Appeals to the Courts
There were 14 appeals and 5 applications for judicial review initiated in the Divisional Court in 2014 and 4 motions for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. In contrast, in 2013, 3 appeals and 3 applications for judicial review were initiated in Divisional Court. There were no leave motions or appeals launched in the Court of Appeal.