Law Society budget introduces modest fee increases for 2012
Convocation approved the Law Society’s 2012 budget with modest annual fee increases of 2.2 per cent for lawyers and 2.6 per cent for paralegals. The 2012 fee for a practising lawyer will increase by $41, from $1,785 to $1,826, while the fee for licensed paralegals will increase by $25, from $957 to $982. News release and Budget summary. Full report.
LibraryCo Inc. budget approved
Convocation approved the 2012 LibraryCo Inc. budget of $8.3 million, a 1.9 per cent increase over 2011. Included is a 2.1 per cent increase for law library grants. The increase will be funded through a $7 increase in the lawyer levy to $203, LibraryCo’s continued use of its General Fund surplus and a $25,000 increase in the budgeted grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario. Full report.
Renewal of Territorial Mobility Agreement approved
Convocation approved the renewal of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Territorial Mobility Agreement for an indefinite term. Through the agreement, the Territories participate in the transfer provisions of the National Mobility Agreement but not the temporary mobility provisions. Convocation also agreed to urge the Federation to investigate the factors impeding the Territories’ participation in the temporary mobility provisions of the National Mobility Agreement and consider possible solutions. By-Law 6 was amended to remove the expiry date for the Territorial Mobility Agreement. Full report.
By-Law 3 amended re: election of paralegal benchers
By-Law 3 was amended to provide for a new process for the breaking of a tie in the election of the paralegal benchers. Full report.
By-Law 4 amended re: appeals resolution officers
By-Law 4 was amended to add the Appeals Resolution Officers at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to the list of adjudicators eligible for educational equivalency for the purposes of the paralegal Licensing Process. Full report.
By-Laws 4 and 6 amended re: mobility rights
Convocation amended By-Laws 4 and 6 implementing policies approved at its October meeting regarding mobility rights for Québec notaries and temporary mobility provisions for lawyers from Québec, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. Full report.
Guide to Developing a Customer Service Accessibility Policy released
The Law Society produced the Guide to Developing a Customer Service Accessibility Policy to assist law firms in developing resources to comply with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. The Accessibility Standards are the first standards adopted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and are effective for non-designated public sector organizations, including law firms, January 1, 2012. Full report.
Convocation revoked the policy titled Holding Discipline Hearings in Abeyance Pending Concurrent Civil or Criminal Proceedings. The policy is now included in comprehensive operational guidelines. Full report.
Bencher Bob Aaron was removed from the Finance Committee at his own request. Lee Ferrier was appointed to the Tribunals Committee and the Appeal and Hearing Panels.
Cathy Corsetti and Benchers Jacqueline Horvat, James Scarfone and Alan Silverstein were reappointed to the Board of Directors of LibraryCo Inc. effective December 31, 2011 for a term of one year.