Each law society is responsible for handling complaints about members of the legal profession licensed to practise in its jurisdiction. To learn more about how to make a complaint about a member of the legal profession in your jurisdiction, please contact the provincial or territorial law society where the member is licensed to practise law. You can do that using the links below.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is working with Canada’s law societies to develop high national standards for how they handle complaints to ensure that members of the public are treated fairly and openly and their concerns addressed promptly, wherever in Canada they have used the services of members of the legal profession.
In April 2014, the Federation Council adopted new National Discipline Standards. The standards were presented to the law societies for adoption and implementation effective January 1, 2015. The Council of the Federation approved revised Discipline Standards in June 2016.
The breach of the law society rules by members of the profession is a serious matter. A member of a law society who is found to be in violation of the rules may be subject to a wide variety of disciplinary measures, including reprimands, fines, or the imposition of conditions of practise, suspension or disbarment.
Please note: The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the coordinating body of Canada’s law societies and does not directly regulate members of the legal profession. Complaints about individual members of the legal profession should be directed to the law society in your province or territory.
To learn more about the discipline process in effect in each of Canada’s law societies, or for information about making a complaint, please contact the provincial or territorial law society where the member is licensed.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Law Society of Alberta
- Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Law Society of Manitoba
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Barreau du Québec
- Chambre des notaires du Québec
- Law Society of New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Law Society of Prince Edward Island
- Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Law Society of Yukon
- Law Society of the Northwest Territories
- Law Society of Nunavut
- National Mobility of the Legal Profession
- Model Code of Professional Conduct
- National Discipline Standards
- National Admission Standards
- Canadian Law School Programs
- Access to Legal Services
- Advocacy on behalf of Canada’s Law Societies
- Model Rules to Fight Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
- National Family Law Program
- National Criminal Law Program
- Changes to the National Requirement will be in effect January 1, 2018 December 15, 2017