Junior Ebagua, a paralegal at Ebose Legal Services, was charged with committing an offence under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act in September 2011, but failed to inform the law society of the charges and corresponding recognizance of bail, according to a law society amended notice of application filed in April.
He also failed to “provide a complete and substantive response” to several law society letters, provide “written representations and documents” requested by the law society, and provide and maintain proper books and records, the notice of application notes.
A single-member hearing panel of law society member Paul Copeland in May of last year indefinitely suspended Ebagua, following an additional one month suspension for misconduct.
“Mr. Ebagua, I hope that: (1) you manage to comply with the request for documents; and (2) for your sake, we do not see you back here again,” wrote Copeland in The Law Society of Upper Canada v. Ebagua.
But despite Copeland’s warning, Ebagua has appeared before the law society’s panel again this week. His notice of motion requesting information to defend the misconduct allegations against him is subject to a publication ban made by Bencher Virginia McLean on June 5.
But in response to that notice, the law society has filed a notice of motion seeking to strike documents attached to Ebagua’s motion for complete disclosure and his May 23 factum in which he seeks further disclosure.
Motions were heard in the matter June 4, at which Ebagua nor someone representing him was present, and wrapped up today.
On June 8, the hearing panel made a finding of professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming. The penalty phase was adjourned to July 17. The hearing panel has suspended Ebagua’s licence on an interlocutory basis, pending conclusion of the penalty phase of the hearing.
Update June 18: Fixes made to correct errors in original blog post and add information regarding publication ban and hearing finding.