Recent Rule and By-Law Amendments

Posted: 03/24/2014

Law Society noticeConvocation made the following amendments to Law Society rules and by-laws:

March 2014

Housekeeping amendments to by-laws approved

Convocation approved housekeeping amendments to By-Laws 1, 3, 4, 11 and 12. The amendments implement the Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013 (Bill 111), establishing the Law Society Tribunal. See related item below. The amendments also reflect recent changes to Law Society senior management.

February 2014

Paralegal Rules of Conduct amended to implement Federation’s Model Code

Convocation approved amendments to the Paralegal Rules of Conduct to implement the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct. The Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines were also amended. The new rules come into effect October 1, 2014. Most amendments are minor, however some changes are more substantive and introduce new standards. The Law Society is developing new and updating existing resources to assist members and will offer CPD programs on the amended rules. The lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct were amended to implement the Model Code in October 2013. More information.

Amendments and rule changes approved to implement enhanced Law Society Tribunal

Convocation made housekeeping amendments to By-Law 3, the Adjudicator Code of Conduct and the Practice Direction on Adjournments. Convocation also revoked and replaced the Rules of Practice and Procedure, Forms and Tariff and the Appeal Panel Rules and Forms. The amendments and rule changes implement the enhanced Tribunal model approved at June 2012 Convocation and the related provisions of the Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013 (Bill 111). Learn more.

By-Law 4 amended re: Pathways Pilot Project

Convocation amended By-Law 4 [Licensing] to implement components of the Pathways to Lawyer Licensing Pilot Project approved in 2012. The amendments also implement Convocation’s November 2013 approval of the Lakehead University Faculty of Law’s integrated practice curriculum. More information.

January 2014

Rules of conduct amended re: gender identity

Convocation amended the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct to reflect recent changes made to the Human Rights Code specifying that every person has a right to equal treatment without discrimination because of gender identity or gender expression.

For more information, view all by-laws, lawyers’ rules, paralegals’ rules and paralegal guidelines.