Unauthorized Practitioner

Gorman, John P.

John P. Gorman, formerly of Surrey, BC, was disbarred by the Law Society of Upper Canada in the late 1980s. In 2001, the Law Society obtained an injunction prohibiting Gorman from engaging in the practice of law in BC as defined in section 1 of the Legal Profession Act. In 2007 and 2010, Gorman disobeyed the injunction order by writing demand letters and drafting pleadings. The court found Gorman in contempt of the 2001 order and sentenced him to two weeks’ incarceration and a $5,000 fine. The court also expanded the injunction to permanently prohibit Gorman from representing himself as a lawyer, counsel or an advocate. The court awarded the Law Society special costs.

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