Unauthorized Practitioner

Carten, John Frederick

On December 1, 2016, Mr. Justice Jenkins granted an injunction prohibiting former lawyer John Frederick Carten, of Vancouver, from engaging in the practice of law, from representing himself as a lawyer or otherwise capable or qualified to engage in the practice of law, and from commencing, prosecuting or defending proceedings in any court on behalf of others. The Law Society alleged that Carten had breached the Legal Profession Act by offering legal services on Craigslist, from representing a party in the Supreme Court for a fee and from prosecuting litigation on behalf of others in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. In addition, the Law Society alleged that Carten improperly referred to himself as counsel and a lawyer on websites.

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