Convocation was webcast April 28, 2016.
View the archived webcast.
Mental Health Strategy approved
A long-term mental health strategy, approved at April Convocation, builds on the Law Society's existing mental health initiatives and lays the groundwork to explore additional supports or programs that fall within the organization's mandate.
The long-term plan and vision will address mental health and addiction issues through both preventive and regulatory strategies. A key element is consideration of the role that diversionary and confidential processes - including capacity hearings held in the absence of the public - may play in appropriate circumstances.
The plan is the work of the Mental Health Strategy Task Force, which was initiated last June at the request of the Treasurer.
Paralegals' conduct rules amended re: incriminating physical evidence
Convocation approved the addition of new subrule 4 (5.2) to the
Paralegal Rules of Conduct.
The new rule prohibits paralegals from concealing, destroying or altering incriminating physical evidence. The adoption of the new rule follows the addition of a similar rule to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's
Model Code of Professional Conduct
in 2014 and the lawyers'
Rules of Professional Conduct
in February 2016.
2015 Audited Financial Statements approved
Convocation approved the audited
Annual Financial Statements
for the Law Society for the financial year ended December 31, 2015.
Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions approved
Interventions in the following cases were approved by Convocation:
- Lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri - Thailand
- Lawyer Zhang Kai - China
- Lawyers Ramazan Demir, İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acinikli, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Başar(Gosterislioglu), Tamer Doğan and Mustafa Rüzgar - Turkey
- Lawyer Yuri Grabovski - Ukraine
- Lawyers Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, Charles Hector, Francis Pereira, and Shanmugam Ramasamy -Malaysia
- Lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika - Indonesia
By-Laws amended re: new process for surrender of licence
By-Laws 4 and 8 were amended to implement a new process for the administrative surrender of licence. The new process, which was approved in principle at September 2015 Convocation, permits lawyers and paralegals, who are under audit, investigation, or involved in discipline proceedings, to apply to surrender their licence. The new process will only be used where it would not be contrary to the public interest. The administrative surrender process was approved by Convocation on a policy basis on September 24, 2015.
Rules of Practice and Procedure amended
Convocation approved housekeeping amendments to the Hearing Division
Rules of Practice and Procedure
Convocation to consider enhancements to Lawyer Licensing Process
As part of the
Law Society's Strategic Plan
, the Professional Development and Competence Committee has undertaken a focused examination of licensing requirements for lawyers to ensure that they remain appropriate to the evolving professional environment. The Committee is proposing enhancements to the articling experiential requirement, and the licensing examinations and requirements. The enhancements reflect the Law Society's focus on continually advancing our regulatory processes to ensure we assist legal practitioners in meeting and surpassing the expectations of future law practice. The Committee provided a report for information at April Convocation that will be considered for decision in May. Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted to
Michelle Haigh acclaimed as Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee
Bencher Michelle Haigh was acclaimed as the Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee for a second term at the Committee's April 2016 meeting. The Chair is elected by the committee annually.
LawPRO annual shareholder resolutions
Convocation authorized the Treasurer to sign the shareholder resolutions for the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LawPRO) as set out in the report.
LibraryCo Inc. annual meeting
Convocation authorized the Treasurer to sign the LibraryCo Inc. proxy in favour of the proposed shareholder resolutions as set out in the report.
Bencher Robert Evans was appointed to the Real Estate Issues Working Group.