March 2008

Dismissals of Law Society Applications to be published
The Law Society will now publish hearing panel decisions to dismiss conduct and other applications.

Prior to a hearing, particulars from notices of application are published on the Law Society website. Most hearing panel decisions are also posted on the Law Society website and published in the Ontario Reports. However, hearing panel decisions to dismiss conduct or other applications have not been published. Going forward, decisions to dismiss applications will be published in the same manner as other decisions.

For more information see the Tribunals Committee report .

Human Rights Monitoring Group - Letters of intervention
Convocation approved the Human Rights Monitoring Group recommendation to send letters of intervention from the Law Society in the following cases:

  • Anwar al-Bunni (Syria)
  • Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan (Vietnam)
  • Li Jinsong and Li Fangping (China)
  • Haroun Ndubi (Kenya)
  • Hisham Bastawissi and Ashraf El-Baroudi (Egypt)

The Human Rights Monitoring Group was established to monitor human rights violations that target lawyers and judges as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

See the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee report for more information.

Committee of benchers established to consider applications for review and appeal under By-Law 7 [Business Entities]
Benchers Paul Dray, Seymour Epstein, Susan McGrath and Bonnie Tough were appointed to a committee of benchers under s. 37 of By-Law 7. The committee will consider applications for review and appeal of Law Society staff decision's regarding business structures through which the practice of law and the provision of legal services may be carried out by licensees. It is anticipated that applications for review or appeal may be requested as paralegal licensees seek approvals under By-Law 7.

See motion for more information.

Errors and Omissions Insurance Fund Financial Statements approved
Convocation approved the audited combined financial statements for the Law Society of Upper Canada Errors & Omissions Insurance Fund for the year ended December 31, 2007.

See the Audit Committee report for more information.

Guidelines for Adjudicators Respecting Oral/Written Reasons for Decision amended
Convocation approved housekeeping amendments to the guidelines for adjudicators respecting oral/written reasons for decision. Convocation also voted to permit the Tribunals Committee to make future housekeeping amendments to the guidelines without seeking Convocation's approval.

Convocation adopted the guidelines in 2006 for Law Society adjudicators to consider when assessing whether to provide Hearing or Appeal Panel reasons for decision orally or in writing.

For more information see the Tribunals Committee report .

Convocation authorizes Treasurer to vote the proxy in favour of proposed LAWPRO shareholder resolutions
Convocation authorized the Treasurer to vote the proxy in favour of proposed LAWPRO shareholder resolutions at the Annual and General Meeting of Shareholders of the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company to be held April 23, 2008.

See the Treasurer's Report to Convocation for more information.

Equivalency granted to retiring Justices of the Peace
Convocation agreed to grant equivalency to retiring Justices of the Peace, permitting them to apply to sit the paralegal licensing examination without an accredited diploma, provided they have a minimum of 3 years experience as a sitting Justice of the Peace. Retiring Justices of the Peace are required to fulfill all other requirements for paralegal licensing.

For more information see the Paralegal Standing Committee report .

Motion - Terms of Reference for Summary Disposition Bencher
Convocation ratified and confirmed the appointments of benchers Tom Heintzman as summary disposition bencher and Paul Schabas as alternate summary disposition bencher to make orders under sections 46, 47, 47.1, 48 and 49 of the Law Society Act .

Appointments
Bencher Brian Lawrie was appointed to the Proceedings Authorization Committee. Bencher Laurie Pawlitza was appointed to the LAWPRO Board of Directors. Paralegal Standing Committee members Michelle Haigh and Stephen Parker were appointed to the Compensation Fund Committee.

Agenda and Minutes

Reports

Audit Committee Report

  • E&O Financial Statements

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee Report

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions (in camera)
  • Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Matter (in camera)
    For Information
  • Barrier-free Osgoode Hall Courthouse
  • Endorsement of Statement about Lawyers and Judges in Pakistan
  • Equity Public Education Series Calendar 2008

Paralegal Standing Committee Report

  • Justices of the Peace: Request for Equivalency

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence

  • Deemed Call Candidates

Treasurer's Report to Convocation

  • LAWPRO Proxy

Tribunals Committee Report

  • Guidelines for Adjudicators Respecting Oral/Written Reasons for Decision
  • Publication of Tribunal Decisions - Dismissals of Applications
    For Information
  • Office of Counsel to the Hearing Panel

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Report of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner

Motions