June 2007

Appointments to Committees approved
Convocation approved appointments to Law Society Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups.

For more information, see the attached list  

Finance and Audit Committee Report
Convocation approved mandates for the new Audit Committee and Finance Committees; the Corporate Resolution on the management of the Errors and Omissions Insurance Fund Investment to comply with the regulations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act; as well as funding to address issues of accommodation and accessibility for female benchers.

For more information, see the Finance and Audit Committee report .

By-law amendment approved regarding LAWPRO deductible
Convocation approved an amendment to By-law 6 to require lawyer licencees to pay the LAWPRO deductible when required to do so. A breach would trigger the s. 47.1 summary suspension of a licencee's licence. (The policy for a new by-law was previously approved at March Convocation.)

For more information, see the Professional Regulation Committee report  

Housekeeping amendments made to Rules of Professional Conduct
As a result of amendments to the Law Society Act , effective May 1, 2007, Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct . These amendments replace some old terminology with current language, update some definitions and references in the Rules and, where appropriate, include references to paralegals.

For more information, see the Professional Regulation Committee report  

Exemptions from paralegal regulation
Convocation considered five requests from groups seeking exemptions from mandatory paralegal licensing for their members. Exemptions were approved for the following:

  • Injured Workers Outreach Services.
  • Ontario Federation of Labour staff and consultants representing union members in workers' compensation matters (under the Occupational Disability Response Team), including their work in representing families of deceased workers.
  • Trade union representatives acting on behalf of retired persons who were formerly members of the trade union and while providing services to another local of the same union.
  • Union representatives assisting families of deceased workers at Coroners' Inquests.
  • Members of the following listed voluntary standard-setting associations, subject to certain restrictions: the Human Resources Professions of Ontario; the Ontario Professional Planners Institute; the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

In addition, Convocation approved a minor wording change to the existing exemptions under By-law 4, for the Office of the Employer Adviser and the Office of the Worker Adviser. The change more accurately reflects the services they provide.

Following the approval of these exemptions, amendments to By-law 4 (Licensing), subsections 62(0.1) and (1) of the Law Society Act were also approved by Convocation ( See By-laws under subsections 62 (0.1) of the Law Society Act for more information.)  

Convocation also approved the sending of a response to a letter from the Prosecutors' Association stating that, should any of the current exemptions be removed in the future, a further grand-parenting period will be considered at that time.

For more information on exemptions, see the Paralegal Standing Committee report.  

Paralegal trust account requirements referred back to committee
A motion before Convocation regarding paralegal trust account requirements was not approved and is accordingly referred back to the Paralegal Standing Committee.

For more information, see the Paralegal Standing Committee Supplementary Report on Paralegal Trust Accounts  

Rules of Practice and Procedure amended
Convocation approved an amendment to section 3.06(1) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure to remove the words "or otherwise made public." It now reads: "A tribunal may order that information disclosed in the course of a proceeding open to the public is not to be published by any person?"

For more information, see the Tribunals Committee Report  

Eligibility criteria approved for Hearing Panel Adjudicators
Convocation approved eligibility criteria for non-bencher lawyers and non-bencher non-lawyers seeking appointment to the Hearing Panel. The motion follows the April 26, 2007 decision by Convocation to approve the eligibility of four non-bencher lawyers and four non-bencher non-lawyers to be members of the Law Society's Hearing Panel.

For more information, see the Tribunals Committee Report  

French version of By-laws approved
Convocation amended By-laws 1 to 15 (except 4) to include the French version. Convocation approved the English and French versions of By-law 4 on May 25.

For more information, see Motions and Amendments to Bylaws (French Version)  

Reports not reached
The Emerging Issues Committee and the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee reports were not reached.

Agenda and Minutes

Reports

CEO Report  

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence  

  • Deemed Call Candidates

Finance and Audit Committee Report  

  • Audit Committee and Finance Committee Mandates
  • Corporate Resolution on Errors and Omissions Insurance Fund Investment Manager
  • Funding for Renovation of Lady Benchers' Locker Room

    For Information  
  • General Fund, Compensation Fund and LibraryCo Financial Statements for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2007
  • Pension Plan Governance Report
  • Statement of Investment Compliance

Professional Regulation Committee Report  

  • Amendments to By-Law 6 Respecting Payment of the LAWPRO Deductible
  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct Related to the Amended Law Society Act  

Emerging Issues Committee Report  

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee/Comit sur l'quit et les affaires autochtones Report  

  • Proposal to Increase Effectiveness of Human Rights Monitoring Group
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group (in camera)

    For Information  
  • Entry into the Profession Report

Paralegal Standing Committee Report  

  • Exemption Requests
  • Wording Change: Offices of the Worker Adviser/Employer Adviser
  • Correspondence with Prosecutors Association of Ontario

    For Information  
  • Position of Vice-Chair
  • Working Group on Trust Accounts

Supplementary Report on Paralegal Trust Accounts  

Tribunals Committee Report  

  • Protection of Identifying Information in Law Society Proceedings: Amendment to Rule 3.06(1) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure
  • Criteria for Appointing Non-Bencher Adjudicators

    For Information  
  • Practice Direction: Protection of Identifying Information in Law Society Proceedings
  • Assistance with Writing Reasons for Decision
  • Scheduling

Motions