|For immediate release||March 22, 2016|
Law Society suspends former Vancouver lawyer Krista Jessacher
Vancouver, March 22, 2016 – The Law Society sets standards of professional responsibility for BC lawyers and articled students, and upholds those standards through a complaints and discipline process. These standards and processes are important to maintain public confidence and trust in lawyers. Accordingly, the Law Society has ordered that former lawyer Krista Jessacher of Vancouver be suspended until she fully complies with the order to respond to the Law Society and pays costs of $1,236.25.
Jessacher has been a non-practising member since July 2010 and she has signed an undertaking not to practise law. In December 2014, the Law Society received a complaint about Jessacher’s conduct and as part of the investigation, wrote to her with questions and requests for documents. She did not fully respond to the requests.
The Law Society issued a citation for her failure to respond and scheduled a discipline hearing in September 2015. Jessacher did not attend the discipline hearing. The Law Society issued an order for her to respond within two weeks and she did not comply with the order. The Law Society issued a second citation for her lack of compliance. She did not attend the second discipline hearing in February 2016.
The Law Society found that Jessacher’s consistent pattern of failure to respond to inquiries and failure to comply with the Law Society’s order constitutes professional misconduct and reflects a neglect of her duties as a lawyer.
Written reasons for disciplinary action are available here.
The Law Society of British Columbia upholds and protects the public interest in the administration of justice by ensuring the independence, integrity and competence of lawyers, establishing education and professional development standards for lawyers, regulating the practice of law and preserving and protecting the rights and freedoms of all persons.
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