Admitted Discipline Violations

Summary of Decision on Facts, Determination and Disciplinary Action


Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: May 21, 1999

Discipline hearing: February 4, 2016

Panel: Pinder K. Cheema, Chair, Gavin Hume, QC and Graeme Roberts

Decision issued: March 18, 2016 (2016 LSBC 11)

Counsel: Kieron Grady for the Law Society; no one appearing on behalf of Krista Margret Jessacher


Krista Margret Jessacher has been a non-practising member since July 2010 and, as such, she gave an undertaking not to practise law. In December 2014, the Law Society received a complaint about Jessacher’ s conduct and, as part of the investigation, wrote to her with questions and requests for documents. She did not fully respond to the requests.

The Law Society issued a citation in June 2015 for her failure to respond and scheduled a discipline hearing in September 2015. Jessacher did not attend the discipline hearing. The panel in that hearing determined that Jessacher’ s failure to respond showed a marked departure from the conduct expected of a lawyer and constituted professional misconduct (2015 LSBC 43; Discipline digest: Winter 2015). As part of its disciplinary action, the panel ordered Jessacher to provide a complete and substantive response to the enquiries made in the Law Society’ s letters by September 16, 2015. Jessacher did not comply with the order.

The Law Society issued a second citation for her lack of compliance. She did not attend the discipline hearing on February 4, 2016 or provide an explanation for her absence.


The panel determined that Jessacher’ s consistent pattern of failure to respond to inquiries and failure to comply with a hearing panel’ s order reflects a gross culpable neglect of her duties as a lawyer and constitutes professional misconduct.


The panel ordered that Jessacher:

  1. provide a substantive response to Law Society letters dated February 2 and March 19, 2015;
  2. be suspended until she fully complies with the order to respond; and
  3. pay costs of $1,236.25.

2016 LSBC 11 Decision on Facts, Determination, Disciplinary Action and Costs

2015 LSBC 43 Decision on Facts, Determination and Disciplinary Action