ON: Law Society Treasurer Paul Schabas today announced the appointment of a
review panel to examine the way in which the Law Society and its Tribunal
address regulatory matters involving Indigenous persons, complaints, and issues.
The review panel will identify issues and make recommendations on
opportunities for inclusion of Indigenous perspectives. The group will develop
and deliver a work plan over the summer, to be followed by a report to the
Treasurer in the winter.
The appointment of this review panel follows the
Law Society’s experiences in The Law Society of Upper Canada v. Keshen,
which raised questions about the Law Society’s regulatory and hearing process in
relation to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
“We need to listen
and learn from our historical experiences in dealing with Indigenous issues,”
says Treasurer Schabas. “Clearly, we need to review and reform our processes to
accommodate the unique historical and cultural circumstances of Indigenous
peoples and Indigenous approaches to conflict resolution.”
- Dianne Corbiere, Bencher, Panel
- Julian Falconer, Bencher, Panel Co-Chair
- Robert Burd, Bencher
- Teresa Donnelly, Bencher
- Isfahan Merali, Bencher
- Kathleen Lickers, Co-Chair
of the Indigenous Advisory Group
- Elder Advisor Myeengun Henry,
Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group
In addition to
reviewing the Law Society’s complaints, investigation, prosecution and
adjudication processes, the review panel will also conduct interviews with key
stakeholders, including Law Society staff and members of the Law Society
Tribunal, in a manner consistent with its independence.
Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations, has agreed to be an Independent Reviewer, to provide
guidance on a way forward for the Law Society to improve its processes and
relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
work in tandem with the Review Panel and will be reaching out to the
More information about the Review Panel and its mandate is
available at: www.lsuc.on.ca/Review-Panel
The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public
interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain
and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to
justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient
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