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Law Society of Saskatchewan
1100 - 2002 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 0R7
Tel: (306) 569-8242
Fax: (306) 352-2989
"Professional Standards: Many of the complaints against lawyers which the Law Society receives do not reveal conduct for which the lawyers can be disciplined but do in fact disclose problems of lack of knowledge of a particular area of law, law office management or client relations.
EXCUSES, NOT RESULTS
Professional Standards complaints are initially handled the same way as in discipline. In fact, it is the Law Society staff that usually makes the initial decision which way to direct the complaints. The Chair of the Professional Standards Committee can appoint an investigation committee. In this process, law office management reviews are often carried out. If there is a finding of improper procedures or lack of knowledge a report will be filed recommending that the lawyer undertake certain remedial procedures or courses, or not to practice in certain areas of law. These remedies are recommended with the consent of the lawyer. If that consent is not given, the matter may be referred back to the discipline process."
HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN Saskatchewan Their are about 2300 practicing full and part time lawyer/members of the Saskatchewan Law Society. Complaints run about 20 a year.
Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing.
However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in Saskatchewan. The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages
In fairness, most complaints to any Law Society are justifiably dismissed. Most complaints are simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Your complaints should be filed on the slight chance that it will have an impact.
KNOW THE RULES. IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!
Use and read the Code to help organize your complaint. It is better if you can say that the lawyer violated rule # xxx by doing what she did or did not do.
This organizes your material and shows you have done your homework.
HINT: Keep your complaint calm and rational. Avoid name calling, abuse and threats.
Try to stick to the facts and avoid all emotion. It isn't easy, but it is smart.
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