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Q&A - Policies on the Annual Fee payment and Annual Report filing

Lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee, fail to file their LAR/PAR, or report their CPD Hours on time are subject to a late fee, as well as administrative suspension. The fee for late payment of the annual fee has increased to $150, while the fee for late filing of the annual report or late reporting of CPD Hours has increased to $200.

The default period during which lawyers and paralegals must pay their annual fee or file their annual report without penalty is 60 days following the due date. 

Please note that the Law Society will no longer call licensees to remind them to fulfill administrative obligations (paying fees, paying late fees, reporting CPD, filing the annual report, etc.). Licensees will be reminded in writing, through email and reminders in the Portal, about administrative obligations. Licensees in default of an administrative obligation will be notified prior to referral for suspension. Licensees are encouraged to check the Portal regularly for information about upcoming deadlines and to keep email and other contact information current.

Questions and Answers

  1. What changes were made to the policies?
  2. Why did the Law Society increase these fees?
  3. When did the new increases come into effect?
  4. If I am charged the late fee, am I still subject to administrative suspension?
  5. Will I be subject to administrative suspension if I don’t pay a late fee?
  6. How did the Law Society decide on the increased amount for the fee?
  7. Do other Law Societies have similar policies?

  1. What changes were made to the policies?

In 2017, the Law Society increased the late fees to be charged to lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee, file their annual report or report their CPD Hours on time. The fee for late payment of the annual fee increased to $150, while the fee for late filing of the annual report or late reporting of CPD Hours increased to $200.

  2. Why did the Law Society increase these fees?

The Law Society adopted these policies to save administrative costs by reducing the number of late payments and filings. See the Audit and Finance Committee Report to September Convocation in 2017 for more information.

  3. When did the new increases come into effect?

The increases came into effect on January 1, 2018.

  4. If I am charged the late fee, am I still subject to administrative suspension?

Yes. All lawyers and paralegals who fail to pay their annual fee, file their annual report or report their CPD Hours by the end of the default period will be charged a late fee and be referred for administrative suspension.

You will be required to pay the late fee as well as fulfill the other requirement(s) during the suspension process, if you are to avoid suspension.

  5. Will I be subject to administrative suspension if I don’t pay a late fee?

Yes. You will be subject to administrative suspension for failure to pay a late fee. 

  6. How did the Law Society decide on the increased amount for the fee?

To determine the amount of the late fee, the Law Society examined administrative costs associated with late payments and filings, as well as comparable fees imposed by other regulators.

  7. Do other Law Societies have similar policies?

Yes. The Law Society of British Columbia charges a fee of $500 for not completing their CPD requirement by December 31. The Law Society of British Columbia also charges an additional $200 fee for not reporting CPD hours to them.