Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision of the Hearing Panel on an Application to Adjourn the Hearing


Sumandip Singh

Called to the bar: December 4, 2013

Written materials: June 2, 2020

Panel: Ralston Alexander, QC, chair, and Paul Ruffell

Decision issued: June 17, 2020 (2020 LSBC 29)

Counsel: Mandana Namazi for the Law Society; Joven Narwal for Sumandip Singh

BACKGROUND

Sumandip Singh was found to have committed professional misconduct in a facts and determination hearing (2020 LSBC 01). Singh applied to adjourn the disciplinary action hearing, to reconstitute the panel to include a current practising Bencher and to hold the hearing in person. The president dismissed the request to reconstitute the panel and ordered the hearing continue with the remaining two panel members (2020 LSBC 25). The remaining applications are at the discretion of the hearing panel.

Singh submitted that he has suffered personal difficulties, including the death of his father and some financial setbacks due to COVID-19, and these events have caused him to become depressed. He requested time to seek counselling for his depression and to marshal evidence of the impact of his depression on the disciplinary action phase of this hearing. He sought to have the hearing postponed until it can be heard in a face-to-face format, as opposed to the virtual hearing format currently in use, as he argues the evidence will not be effectively presented in a virtual hearing.

DECISION ON APPLICATION

The hearing panel ordered that the hearing on disciplinary action was adjourned and the matter would proceed by virtual format unless, by the date that is set for the hearing, the Law Society has returned to face-to-face hearings in the Law Society building.  The panel ordered that the matter would proceed as follows:

  1. that the parties provide their availability for a new hearing date to the hearing administrator no later than seven days following the issuance of this decision;
  2. that the parties make themselves available for a two-day hearing to commence no later than October 16, 2020;
  3. that the parties exchange lists of documents they intend to rely upon and will-say statements of any witnesses they intend to call at the hearing no later than 30 days before the newly scheduled hearing date; and
  4. that the scheduled hearing date be peremptory on Singh.

2020 LSBC 29 Decision on an Application to Adjourn the Hearing