The Benchers of the Law Society of BC recently resolved to increase the publication of conduct review reports, by publishing summaries of all reports unless the Discipline Committee decides otherwise. Anonymity in the summaries will continue unless the lawyer who is the subject of the review consents to name publication.
Approximately 60 conduct reviews are held each year. Until now, the Law Society has only occasionally published report summaries when it was decided there was significant educational value for the profession. Hearing reports, on the other hand, are always published on the Law Society’s website.
It is believed that increasing publication will assist the profession in understanding conduct that may lead to discipline as well as help the public better understand the Law Society’s discipline process.
For more information, see the news item on the Law Society website.