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. Hearings and decisions are public.
Recent Tribunal Decisions:
John Blackburn, of Mississauga
Reasons for the decision and costs order in Law Society of Upper Canada v. Blackburn, 2014 ONLSTH 148 (CanLII), are now available at CanLII. The paralegal’s licence was revoked in July. A Law Society Tribunal found that Blackburn had engaged in professional misconduct, was ungovernable, and presented no remorse or medical evidence to explain his behaviour.
Ashley Elizabeth Anne Hartwick, of St. Catharines, was reprimanded and ordered to pay $1,000 in costs, Aug. 19.
Hartwick was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to co-operate with an investigation of the Law Society, by failing to provide a prompt and complete response to requests for information and documentation from the Complaints Resolution Department.
Leah Michelle Henderson, of Toronto, had an appeal allowed.
A two-month suspension was substituted Aug. 18. The suspension was effective March 3, 2014. The hearing panel reduced costs to $2,000; an earlier decision had assessed costs at $6,000.
Robert Joseph Potomski, of Windsor
Potomski’s application for a determination of whether he had met the terms and conditions of two previous orders of the Hearing Panel has been dismissed. Potomski’s licence was suspended indefinitely in May 2013. Law Society of Upper Canada v. Potomski, 2014 ONLSTH 149