Law Society Executive Director

November 22, 2004

In light of information recently made public in the Vancouver Sun regarding the business affairs of the Law Society's Executive Director, James G. Matkin, QC, the Benchers and Mr. Matkin have agreed that it is in the best interests of the profession and the public that:

  • The Benchers' Executive Committee conduct an investigation of the circumstances and provide recommendations to the Benchers as expeditiously as possible.
  • Mr. Matkin step aside as Executive Director of the Law Society on paid leave pending conclusion of the Executive Committee's investigation.

These steps will ensure that due process is observed.

The Executive Committee will appoint an Acting Executive Director of the Law Society in the near future.

The Benchers and Mr. Matkin will make no further public comment while this matter is being investigated.