New rules on credentials reviews

New Law Society Rules provide that an articled student whose enrolment is subject to a Bencher review cannot be called and admitted before the Benchers have issued a decision on the review: see Rule 2-48(4).

Other recent amendments require a party initiating a Bencher review of a credentials or discipline decision to set out the issues in a Notice of Review. The rules also automatically stay the panel's decision in the case of call and admission or reinstatement, or on application in other cases, and allow for a pre-review conference, with the presiding Bencher empowered to order exchanges of arguments and authorities: see Rules 5-1 and 5-12 to 5-19.

These Rules are set out in the Member's Manual amendment package, enclosed in this mailing.