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The obligation of judges in British Columbia to report lawyer misconduct

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Michael Dew is a Vancouver lawyer who practices in all areas of civil litigation (including ICBC cases). Click here for contact information and further details about Michael’s practice.
 
Introduction
This article examines the extent of the ethical duty on judges in British Columbia to report lawyer misconduct they become aware of. The obligation of lawyers to report the misconduct of other lawyers is also briefly set out. Finally, comments are made on the approach of British Columbia judges to reporting lawyer misconduct to regulatory authorities.
 
Lawyers have an ethical obligation to certain misconduct of other lawyers?

The use of notarial seals by lawyers in British Columbia

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Michael Dew is a Vancouver lawyer who practices in all areas of civil litigation (including ICBC cases). Click here for contact information and further details about Michael’s practice.

 
Introduction
When articled students in British Columbia (and other jurisdictions in Canada) are called to the bar, they are given a notarial seal. But what should these seals be used for? What obligation do lawyers have to use their notarial seals judiciously? Does one have an obligation to examine a document before affixing your seal, and by sealing a document are you lending the credibility of your name and professional reputation? This article provides brief answers to these questions.
 

SCC Decision: June 1, 2007

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Strother v. 3464920 Canada Inc., 2007 SCC 24
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