A citation is a public document issued by the Law Society in cases where a lawyer’s alleged conduct is very serious. The citation lists the allegations against the lawyer that will be the subject of a public hearing and ruling.
How is a citation issued?
A citation is issued at the direction of the Discipline Committee (Law Society Rule 4-13). The citation may contain one or more allegations that describe the conduct that will be the subject of the hearing (Law Society Rule 4-14).
What is the usual period of time between the issuance of the citation and the hearing date?
The time between the issuance of the citation and the hearing date will vary depending on the availability of all concerned parties and witnesses and the need for time to prepare for the hearing.
What happens after the citation is issued and served?
The Law Society, the respondent (the lawyer who is the subject of the hearing) and, usually, the respondent's lawyer will prepare for the hearing, which is similar to a court proceeding.
Once the citation has been served, the Law Society has an obligation to give the respondent the evidence collected in our investigation (Law Society Rule 4-25). The time it takes to do this will vary depending on the complexity of the matter and the number of documents to be disclosed.