donalee Moulton|Dec 29, 2014
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society will usher in the new year with a new disciplinary standard. Effective Jan. 1, the society’s online member directory will include discipline information dating back to 1993.
The reason for the enhanced transparency is twofold. Improved access is a driving factor. The discipline information that will be available online, which includes any public decision by the complaints investigation committee or a hearing panel, is already published on CanLII and available in files at the Prothonotary, but the details may be difficult for people to dig up.
The new standard, says NSBS executive director Darrel Pink, “allows a member of the public to know easily about a lawyer’s disciplinary history.” That ease of access, he adds, is expected today by the public.