Model Code of Professional Conduct
Canadians expect members of the legal profession to conduct themselves ethically in accordance with high standards of professionalism set out in enforceable rules of conduct. A core function of Canada’s law societies is to set these rules and ensure they are respected through a complaints and discipline process.
The Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code has been working on an online tool, the Interactive Model Code of Professional Conduct, that links the provisions in the Model Code to the matching or related provisions in every law society in Canada.
Matching of Model Code Provisions in the Interactive Model Code of Professional Conduct
Every provision in the Model Code has been matched with the corresponding provision in each provincial or territorial code. As a result, the provincial codes are not always displayed in their actual order. Where the Model Code provision has been implemented in a jurisdiction, the matching provision from the jurisdiction appears first. If a jurisdiction has added other related rules, these rules have been matched to the provision in the Model Code determined to be the most relevant. Any added rules appear after the matching implemented Model Code rule.
- Interactive Model Code of Professional Conduct
- Federation Model Code of Professional Conduct (Print Version)
2016 Consultation on Model Code Amendments
The Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct is seeking feedback on draft amendments to the Model Code. The proposed amendments involve rules on competence, dishonesty/fraud, and incriminating physical evidence. Feedback is also sought on a new rule addressing responsibilities that arise when a lawyer leaves a law firm. The deadline for providing feedback on the proposed amendments is June 30, 2016.