Members of the legal profession in Canada are held to high standards of professional conduct enforced by the law societies through a robust complaints and discipline process.
To harmonize the rules of conduct across Canada, the law societies have collaborated, through the Federation, on the development of our Model Code of Professional Conduct (version with the most recent changes documented). The Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code regularly reviews the rules to ensure they respond to best practices and emerging issues in legal practice and ethics.
A robust consultation process ensures that the Model Code rules are informed by feedback from the law societies and a broad array of justice system stakeholders.
The Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code has developed an online tool, the Interactive Model Code that links each rule in the Model Code to the matching or related rule of every law society in Canada.