National Discipline Standards

Canadians expect members of the legal profession to provide competent legal advice and to conduct themselves ethically and with integrity. A core function of Canada’s law societies is to hear and investigate complaints about member conduct and if necessary, to impose disciplinary sanctions.

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 promptly, fairly and openly wherever in Canada they have used the services of members of the legal profession.

In April 2014, the Council of the Federation adopted new National Discipline Standards.  These standards were referred to the law societies for adoption and implementation effective January 1, 2015. The Council of the Federation approved revised Discipline Standards in June 2016, June 2018, June 2019, and June 2021.