Vancouver, March 24, 2017 – The Law Society sets standards of professional responsibility for BC lawyers and articled students, and upholds those standards through a complaints and discipline process. These standards and processes are important to maintain public confidence and trust in lawyers. If the Law Society deems it necessary to protect the public, a lawyer will be suspended from practising while allegations against the lawyer are investigated.
Following the provisions of the Legal Profession Act and the Law Society Rules, on March 23, 2017, three Benchers of the Law Society made an interim order that lawyer William Michael Shkwarok of Port Coquitlam be suspended from the practice of law until the final disposition of any citation arising from the investigations into his conduct or a variation or rescission of the order. Shkwarok has consented to the appointment of the Law Society as custodian of his law practice.
The Law Society of British Columbia upholds and protects the public interest in the administration of justice by ensuring the independence, integrity and competence of lawyers, establishing education and professional development standards for lawyers, regulating the practice of law and preserving and protecting the rights and freedoms of all persons.
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