Kopyto Licensing Saga Continues: Tribunal News


Former lawyer Hersch Harry Kopyto, of Toronto, has been ordered to pay $13,000 to the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

Kopyto, who has been trying to get a paralegal licence since 2007, had filed a motion asking that the chair of a hearing panel recuse herself from his matter. In March, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division dismissed the Applicant’s motion. The hearing continued, by way of written submissions on costs. May 29, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division made its costs order, to be paid within 30 days of the hearing panel’s final determination on the merits.

Kopyto was disbarred in 1989. Since then, he has filed several applications in relation to his paralegal licence process and hearings, including constitutional, procedural, evidentiary and administrative motions.

Kopyto v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2014 ONLSTH 40 (CanLII)

Robert Allen Stewart Application

Another former Toronto lawyer, Robert Allen Stewart, has been issued a paralegal licence with specific terms and conditions. Stewart’s application for “grandparenting” had been rejected in 2007. He appealed that hearing panel decision. It was set aside and a new hearing ordered, in 2012.

June 6, the Law Society Tribunal – Hearing Division determined that the Applicant is now of good character. Terms and conditions include continuing treatment and assessments, and supervision.

    Related Information:

    The Law Society Tribunal is an independent adjudicative tribunal within the Law Society of Upper Canada, consisting of staff and appointed adjudicators. It processes, hears and decides regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals, in the public interest.

    Law Society Tribunal main page

    Law Society Tribunal Decisions at CanLII

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