Questions and Answers on the Law Society's Policies on Annual Fee Payments and Reporting

Lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee or fail to file their annual report on time are subject to a late fee of $100, as well as potential administrative suspension.

The default period during which lawyers and paralegals must pay their annual fee or file their annual report without penalty is 60 days.

Questions and Answers

  1. What changes were made to the policies?
  2. Why did the Law Society introduce these new policies?
  3. When did the new policies come into effect?
  4. If I’m charged the late fee, am I still subject to administrative suspension?
  5. Will I be subject to administrative suspension if I don’t pay a late fee?
  6. How did the Law Society decide on the amount of $100 for the fee?
  7. Do other Law Societies have similar policies?

  1.What changes were made to the policies?

In 2013 the Law Society implemented a $100 late fee to be charged to lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee or file their annual report on time.

In addition, the Law Society reduced the default period for both annual fee payment and annual report filing to 60 days. Lawyers and paralegals have 60 days from January 1 to pay their annual fee and 60 days from March 31 to file their annual report.

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  2.Why did the Law Society introduce these new policies?

The Law Society adopted these policies to save administrative costs by reducing the number of late payments and filings.  See the Audit and Finance Committee Reports to September Convocation and October Convocation for more information.

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  3.When did the new policies come into effect?

The policies came into effective in 2013.

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  4.If I’m charged the late fee, am I still subject to administrative suspension?

Yes.  All lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee or file their annual report by the end of the default period will be charged the $100 late fee and be referred for administrative suspension.

You will be required to pay the late fee as well as fulfill the other requirements during the suspension process, if you are to avoid suspension.

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  5.Will I be subject to administrative suspension if I don’t pay a late fee?

Yes.  You will be subject to administrative suspension for failure to pay a late fee.

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  6.How did the Law Society decide on the amount of $100 for the fee?

To determine the amount of the late fee, the Law Society examined administrative costs associated with late payments and filings as well as comparable fees imposed by other regulators.

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  7.Do other Law Societies have similar policies?

Yes.  The Law Society of British Columbia charges a fee of $100 for late annual fee payment.  The fee is due on November 30. Lawyers who do not pay their annual fee by December 31 are charged the late fee.

You will be required to pay the late fee as well as fulfill the other requirements during the suspension process, if you are to avoid suspension.

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