Benchers explore national model code of conduct

With increased lawyer mobility across Canada, the Benchers will begin looking at a national model code of conduct for Canadian lawyers.

While the law societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have started work on harmonizing their respective codes of conduct, Law Society of BC representatives have flagged that it could prove difficult to adopt one regulatory code that governs the conduct of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions.

A model code, such as that of the American Bar Association, may be more flexible to produce and to update. And in the context of national lawyer mobility, a national model code would be more useful than one that applied only to a region of the country.

BC plans to explore the cost and benefits of law societies developing a national model code.