LSUC: LET MIGHT PREVAIL?
CanLaw knows that most lawyers are basically honest, hard working, solid citizens. It is in their interest to force LSUC to reform and treat complaints seriously
The Law Society of Upper Canada is Broken and Must Be Reformed, but no one will touch it. It does not help that many politicians are also lawyers.
The Law Society of Upper Canada is, like all law societies, a union for lawyers. The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) is a strange service which works for lawyers. CanLaw works for you
Law societies are designed, not to protect consumers from lawyers, but to protect lawyers from consumers.
The Law Society of Upper Canada averages about 5,000 complaints a year from consumers about lawyers. That is one complaint for every 5 lawyers in Ontario.
Lawyers who have been disbarred for serious offences including criminal, are routinely reinstated. after the dust settles.
The LSUC refuses to report lawyers who commit serious criminal offences to the police, claiming privacy. Protecting criminals? Why?
Lawyers who are "disciplined are given years to pay their "fines"
Law society employees cannot be sued when "acting in good faith."
SO STOP AND THINK. THE LSUC WILL PROBABLY NOT BE OF MUCH, IF ANY HELP TO YOU IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A LAWYER.
The Law Society of Upper Canada says it regulates Ontario's lawyers and paralegals in the public interest and facilitates access to justice for the people of Ontario. That is self serving garbage.
TRANSLATION? The Law Society of Upper Canada exists, not to protect the public from lawyers, but to protect lawyers from the public
The Law Society of Upper Canada averages about 5000 complaints against lawyers each year.
They dismiss about 4900 of these and act only on about 100. What does that tell you?
In fact, most consumer complaints are frivolous, groundless and do not have any real merit. These are quickly dismissed by any law society.
However your complaint should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.
Note the "principled and balanced" bit. This does not match our experience with them. They dismiss most complaints out of hand.
"One of the Law Society's most important duties is responding to complaints about lawyers and paralegals. We also respond to information about illegal practitioners who are providing legal services. Our complaints process is principled and balanced so that we can continue to protect the public interest while treating everyone involved fairly at all times.
We review and consider every complaint we receive, although we may not take action on all of them."
Contact the LSUC Complaints Department
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West
General line: 416-947-3310
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