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Investigation shows Ontario regulators often fail to report alleged crimes by lawyers

A Toronto Star investigation finds that the Law Society of Upper Canada reprimanded 230 lawyers but the agency does not make it a practice to call police

In the last 10 years, more than 230 lawyers in Ontario stole, defrauded or diverted $61-million of their clients money.  

That money that was being held in trust and yet most of these lawyers were never charged criminally.

A Toronto Star investigation finds that the Law Society of Upper Canada disbarred, reprimanded or suspended these lawyers, but the self-regulating agency does not make it a practice to call police.

The report shows that the regulatory bodies in most other provinces do call police, fewer than 20 percent of lawyers who steal from their clients in Ontario are charged criminally and even then most don't get any jail time.

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  1. frank posted on 05/05/2014 03:20 PM
    Another Star power grab without proper investigation?

    Although there certainly is some dishonestly in some lawyers, most misappropriations are not crimes at all. Surely anyone able to hire a lawyer would manage to complain to police if they felt there was a crime, as opposed to a business disagreement.

    When she was a bencher, June Callwood said, after sitting on law society discipline panels, that most of the time she couldn't see what lawyers facing complaints had done wrong.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 05/05/2014 04:56 PM
    All the lawyers did was defraud money from their clients.

    Nothing out of the ordinary here, move along.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/08/2014 03:15 PM
  3. frank posted on 05/05/2014 09:35 PM
    You are making the Star mistake. Most misappropriations are defects in procedure, not crimes at all. No money is or was ever missing.
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