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October 28, 2021

Law Society’s 2022 budget approved
Convocation approved the 2022 budget proposed by management. This budget reduces annual fees for licensees and fees for licensing candidates while investing in library resources and maintaining the organization’s solid long-term financial position. The budget ensures progression of strategic priorities including modernizing the systems and processes that support the effective regulation of the legal professions. Read the news release.


Rules of practice and procedure
Convocation approved amendments to Rule 13.3 of the Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure regarding openness of the Tribunal, to reflect recent Supreme Court of Canada jurisprudence. See the full report.


Proposed new rule re: Failure to co-operate
The Tribunal Committee is proposing to amend the Rules of Practice and Procedure with the addition of Rule 21 – Failure to Co-operate Applications. The proposed new rule would streamline the summary hearing process. The Committee is accepting comments on the proposed rule until November 30, 2021. For more information see the full report.


Articling term length
Convocation agreed to renew the eight-month minimum articling term for the 2022-2023 licensing cycle. See the full report.


Treasurer’s Roundtable on Women in Law – summary report
On April 21, the Law Society hosted the inaugural Treasurer’s Roundtable on Women in Law in collaboration with the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. The Law Society’s Women in Law Advisory Group will consider the summary report and its recommendations and provide advice on how the Law Society can demonstrate leadership to support women in law. See the full report.


Equity Advisory Group appointments
New individual and organizational members were appointed to the Equity Advisory Group for a three-year term. The Equity Advisory Group provides advice to the Law Society on equity and diversity issues. See the full report.
 
Other decisions:

Agenda

Agenda
Public Minutes


Treasurer’s Remarks

Reports

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes – October 1, 2021
  • Motion – Tribunal Appointment
  • Professional Development and Competence Committee Report – 2022-2023 Articling Term Length
 

Audit and Finance Committee Report

  • LIRN Inc. 2022 Budget
  • Law Society of Ontario 2022 Budget
 

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Amendment to Rule 13.3 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure

For Information:

  • Amendments to Practice Direction on Public Access to Hearings and to Tribunal Files
  • Proposed Rule on Failure to Co-operate Applications
  • Law Society Tribunal Quarterly Statistics April 1 to June 30, 2021
 

Human Rights Monitoring Group Request for Intervention

  • Egypt
 

Treasurer’s Report (in camera)

In Camera Item


REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Equity & Indigenous Affairs Committee Report

  • Equity Advisory Group (EAG) Membership for 2021-2024 Term
 

Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group – Summary of Women’s Roundtable Discussion

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on October 28. Here is the link to the webcast.

Licensees, members of the media and the public are welcome to view the public portions of Convocation via the Law Society’s webcast. While audio recording is permissible for note taking purposes only, the webcast or video archive of the proceedings may not be captured, recorded or distributed for any purpose. 

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