National competency profile for lawyers approved
Convocation approved the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Entry to Practice Competency Profile for Lawyers and Québec Notaries.
The competency profile is a key element in the first phase of the Federation’s National Admission Standards Project, which is focused on developing and implementing consistent, transparent and high national standards for the regulation of the legal profession. The Federation has asked individual Law Societies to consider and approve the profile. Full report.Lawyers’ rules of conduct amended re: new member assistance program
The Rules of Professional Conduct
were amended to include reference to the Law Society’s new Member Assistance Program offered by Homewood Human Solutions?. Full report
. Human Rights Monitoring Group intervention
The Law Society intervened in the case of Madam Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. The Law Society publicly expressed concern that the recent dismissal of Chief Justice Bandaranayake was politically motivated and may have a negative effect on judicial independence in Sri Lanka. Full report
. Professional Regulation Committee report
The decision item regarding the Real Estate Declaration was deferred.