The Law Society Tribunal is an administrative tribunal that impartially processes and adjudicates regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals under the Law Society Act and Regulation.
It applies the Rules of Practice and Procedure approved by Convocation. Matters are heard in the Hearing Division and may be appealed to the Appeal Division.
Tribunal adjudicators are benchers and other appointees. These include lawyers, paralegals and members of the public. Tribunal staff process cases and support the adjudicators’ work.
The Law Society Tribunal replaces the Law Society Hearing Panel and Appeal Panel. It was formally established on March 12, 2014, by the Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013. This is part of Convocation’s plans for an independent Chair (David A. Wright) and two bencher Vice-Chairs.
Recent Tribunal decisions affecting paralegal licensees:
Sue-Ann Harry, of Toronto
Decision: The Paralegal shall be suspended for 30 days and pay the Law Society $10,000 in costs. If the Paralegal has not provided a complete response to the requests by August 31, 2014, the Paralegal shall pay a fine to the Law Society in the amount of $2,000.
Tribunal Decisions – March, April
Law Society Tribunal page – Information, resources, hearings
Reasons – On CanLII, where available
Summary – Legislation and principles applicable to conduct orders related to professional misconduct: Law Society of Upper Canada v. Vannavong, 2013 ONLSHP 165 (CanLII), 2013 ONLSHP 165.
Tribunal Statistics – Third Quarter, 2013