The Conduct Committee is made up of lawyers elected to the Law Society’s Board of Directors (Benchers) and lawyers who volunteer their services to the Law Society. A Conduct Committee Panel is composed of three members of the Conduct Committee. The Panel’s task is to review Conduct Counsel’s report, together with all the relevant evidence, and decide whether there is a reasonable prospect that a hearing panel would find the lawyer guilty of conduct deserving of sanction. If so, the Panel will direct that citations (charges) be directed against the lawyer.
The Panel may decide not to issue citations. The Panel can dismiss the complaint and issue reasons for its decision. Another option available to the Panel is to direct that there be further investigation into the lawyer’s conduct.
The Law Society’s Tribunal Office organizes a panel of three adjudicators to hear witness testimony and review submissions from legal counsel representing both the lawyer and the Law Society.
The hearing is conducted like a trial with similar rules of evidence and disclosure
If a lawyer is found guilty of the citation(s), disciplinary outcomes can include fines, suspensions, disbarments and responsibility to pay the cost of the hearing.