October 2003

October 23, 2003

Law Society drops fees for third consecutive year
For the third consecutive year, in 2004, Ontario lawyers will pay less to be a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Together with the reduction in 2002 and 2003, the overall levy has been reduced by $341 or 19% over three years.
2004 Budget Highlights

Members asked to voluntarily notify the Law Society of supervised paralegals appearing before FSCO
Convocation today approved a process by which members may notify the Society of supervised paralegals who provide representation to members' clients for claims under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). The initiative is in response to a new FSCO regulatory scheme for SABs representatives. Lawyers, insurer representatives and individuals employed by and under the direct supervision and direction of lawyers are exempt from FSCO's requirement.

The notice, through a form that members will complete, will provide the Society with information on supervised paralegal/member relationships to enhance protections for the public who pursue claims before FSCO and members who supervise paralegals in their work for these claimants.

More information about the notice and the form will be made available to members in the coming weeks.

Professional Regulation Report
More information about FSCO regulatory scheme

Guidelines for lawyers in cases involving Aboriginal Residential School abuse claims now available
Guidelines and supplementary resources for lawyers acting in cases involving Aboriginal Residential School abuse claims were approved by Convocation today. The guidelines, developed through the Law Society's Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee/Comit sur l'equit et les affaires autochtones and the Professional Regulation Committee, are intended to be an educational tool for lawyers and highlight a number of issues specific to representation of these claimants and the professional conduct expectations for lawyers acting in these cases.
Professional Regulation Report

Benchers Andrew Coffey and Holly Harris were appointed to the Law Society Appeal Panel for a term of two years. Bencher Kim Carpenter-Gunn stepped down from the Appeal Panel. Ms Carpenter-Gunn was recently appointed Chairman of the Board of LawPRO. Bencher Carole Curtis was appointed Alternate Summary Disposition Bencher and Bencher Constance Backhouse was appointed to the Bicentennial Report Working Group.

New Commentary added to Rule 3.05 - Advertising Nature of Practice
New commentary was added to Rule 3.05 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to clarify the use of terms that relate to a lawyer's designation as a specialist certified by the Law Society.
New commentary
Professional Regulation Report

By-Law 12 - Bar Admission Course Amended
By-Law 12 - Bar Admission Course (BAC) was amended to delete the "10-year" rule. The Professional Development, Competence and Admissions Committee received Convocation's approval to proceed with the amendment at the September 25 Convocation.

By-laws 4 and 31 amended
Minor housekeeping amendments were made to By-law 4 - Office of the Secretary and By-law 31 - Unclaimed Trust Funds.



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