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 FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A  LAWYER WITH THE NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR LAW SOCIETY?

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Complaint about a NL Lawyer?

 

The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

       198 Water Street

       PO Box 1028

       St. John's, NF A1C 5M3

       Tel: (902) 566-1666

       Fax: (902) 368-7557

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QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE RETAINING ANY LAWYER

Questions you should ask of both the Law Society and the lawyer before you 'retain any NL lawyer

Check with CanLaw to see if we have any complaints on file

  • Ask when s/he was admitted to the Bar. (This will tell you how long they have been in practice.)
  • Ask if s/he specializes in the area of law you in which you require assistance.
  • What specialist training or  certification does s/he have?
  •  Ask how many similar cases s/he has handled? How many were won.
  • Ask if s/he has ever been disbarred, suspended, or disciplined by any Law Society anywhere.
  • Ask if she has been the subject of fee reviews.
  • Ask if any complaints have been made against her (regardless of the outcome) to the Law Society.
  • Check that s/he is in good standing with     The Law Society of Prince Edward Island

Most Newfoundland lawyers are hard working, honest and reliable.

 Unfortunately, there are bad apples who make life difficult for clients and the other lawyers.

The Law Societies do not weed these bad apples out. They protect them from consumer complaints

Do you have a complaint about your lawyer's bill? consult the CanLaw page on dealing with lawyer's bills.

There is a separate court procedure, known as an assessment, to deal with these complaints. It is not done by the Law Society.  Assessment of lawyer's bills is done through the Court, not your local Law Society. Please look in the government section of the telephone  book under Courts for the telephone number of the office near you.

Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

196-198 Water Street

PO Box 1028

St. John’s, NL A1C 5M3

 

Tel: (709) 722-4740

Fax: (709) 722-8902

Email: thelawsociety@lawsociety.nf.ca

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Complaints?

From the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Web Site:

"As the regulatory body of lawyers in Newfoundland and Labrador the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is authorized under the Law Society Act, 1999, SNL 1999, c. L-9.1 to file complaints against members.

Please note: A complaint is authorized when the Complaints Authorization Committee is of the opinion that there are reasonable grounds to believe a lawyer has engaged in conduct deserving of sanction.  A complaint is an unproven allegation until an adjudication tribunal makes a determination on its validity. At any hearing a settlement may be proposed.

Law Society disciplinary hearings generally take place at the Law Society office at 196-198 Water Street, St. John’s and are open to the public. However, the adjudication tribunal does have discretion to Order part or all of the hearing to be held in camera in order to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of privileged or confidential information."

How to File a Complaint

 

How do you file a complaint with the Law Society?

Provide a signed original letter of complaint.

Most complaints against NL lawyers are trashed without a hearingBe factual. Give a brief description of the events that have occurred and on what dates.

Attach a copy of any documents that relate to your complaint. Please do not send original documents

Send the letter of complaint with copies of relevant documentation to

Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

PO Box 1028

St. John’s, NL  A1C 5M3

 

Telephone: (709) 722-4740

Fax: (709) 722-8902

 

 

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