Lawyers must report to Society when charged with an offence

The profession is reminded that Rule 3-90, in effect since July 1, 2003, requires a lawyer, articled student or applicant for enrolment, call and admission or reinstatement to report to the Law Society if he or she is charged with a federal or provincial offence, other than when served with a ticket under the federal Contraventions Act or provincial Offence Act.

Rule 3-90 provides:

Reporting criminal charges

3-90 (1) Subject to subrule (2), a lawyer, articled student or applicant who is charged with an offence under a federal or provincial statute must, as soon as practicable, give written notice to the Executive Director of

(a) the particulars of the charge, and

(b) the disposition of the charge and any agreement arising out of the charge.

(2) No notification is required under subrule (1) if a lawyer, articled student or applicant is issued or served with a ticket as defined in the Contraventions Act (Canada) or a violation ticket as defined in the Offence Act.