The Education & Credentials department has been reviewing its processes and policies to ensure its work is following the Society’s Triple-P approach (principled, proportionate, proactive). The department has been using Triple-P concepts for several years now; however it is always useful to take a fresh look at the way decisions are made. The aspiration is to have policies, processes and decisions that create no more burden than is necessary to ensure protection of the public interest and to minimize risk to all stakeholders.
In keeping with this aspiration, traditional methods have been modified to make way for a Triple-P approach in several recent credentialing decisions. One example is in the articling process. The Society has been working with lawyers and potential clerks to create articling situations that are outside of the “norm” but do not put the public at risk, while ensuring that the clerks are still able to gain the necessary competencies.
In our credentialing process, we have begun to reconsider whether every member who has been out of practice for more than three years must rewrite the Bar Examination in order to return to practising status. In several instances, we have determined that conditional licences can be granted, which protect the public and permit the lawyer to get back to work more quickly.
We continue to review each of our decisions and processes and hope to implement additional changes in the coming months. Also see this update on the Society’s revamped CPD Requirement, in the August 19 edition of The Lawyers Weekly.
Jacqueline Mullenger, Director, Education & Credentials