Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

 

Citation issued: April 17, 2018

John Joseph Jacob Hittrich

Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

Nature of conduct to be inquired into:

  1. In approximately September 2016, in the course of representing your clients in a proceeding against the Director of Child, Family and Community Services (the “Director”) in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Docket [number], Vancouver Registry, you attempted to resolve litigation in favour of your clients through improper means, by doing one or more of the following:

(a)  in a letter dated September 5, 2016 to counsel for the Director, in an attempt to gain a benefit for your clients, threatening to expose alleged perjury by representatives of the Director in related proceedings unless the Director agreed to settle the litigation as your clients proposed; and

(b)  through the threat described in the preceding sub-paragraph, attempting to influence the Director to exercise her statutory decision-making authority for an improper purpose.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to section 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.