Rules recap: your update for Q3 2016

Posted: 10/04/2016

Convocation made the following amendments to Law Society rules in the last quarter:

SEPTEMBER 2016Rules recap Q3

Lawyers’ rules of conduct amended re: short-term pro bono services

The lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct respecting conflicts of interest relevant to short-term pro bono services were amended to expand their applicability to services provided under the auspices of a pro bono provider. Previously, the rules applied primarily to services provided through Pro Bono Ontario. The amended rules reflect changes made, in 2014, to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct.

For more information, read the Report to Convocation by the Professional Regulation Committee, September 22, 2016.

Paralegals’ conduct rules amended

Convocation amended the Paralegal Rules of Conduct to provide for a modified conflicts of interest standard for paralegals who provide pro bono short-term legal services under the auspices of Pro Bono Ontario or another pro bono provider. The rules were also amended to add ‘family status’ to rule 2.03(4), making it consistent with Rule 2.03(3). 

For more information, read the Report to Convocation by the Paralegal Standing Committee, September 22, 2016.

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