David Bilinsky mentioned it in passing back in August: there are calls for increased civility amongst lawyers. On September 24th, the Law Society of Upper Canada announced Civility Complaints Protocols Established.
According to the press release,
The [Civility Complaints] protocols provide a procedure for trial judges and justices of the peace to refer incidents of misconduct to the Law Society. They also provide for a new process whereby judges can request that lawyers receive mentoring from a panel of senior members of the bar. The mentor will meet with the lawyer to discuss the conduct in question and assist in his or her development as an advocate.
In addition, the LSUC will be running a Treasurer’s Civility Forum:
Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar is conducting a series of province-wide meetings to discuss the challenge of civility in the profession. The first two meetings are: Hamilton on October 20, 2009 and Sudbury on November 3, 2009. Meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
Additional dates have been set for other locations in Ontario. See: The Civility Challenge 2009-2010: Treasurer’s Forum With the Profession.
Additional Canadian links on civility in the law:
- 15. Civility – Civil Justice Reform Project (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General)
- The Civility Challenge (Law Society of Upper Canada) – includes links to background documents
- Civility in the Legal Practice: Practical Tips – CBA PracticeLink (Canadian Bar Association)
- Uncivil Law (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
- Principles of Civility for Advocates (The Advocate’s Society) – click on graphic for PDF document