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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
On Wednesday, September 25 a hearing panel of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society issued a Notice of Resolution regarding charges against Jason Boudrot.
NOTICE OF REFERRAL TO HEARING
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has referred to the Hearing Committee charges against R. Blois Colpitts, a member of the Society, who voluntarily withdrew from the practice of law effective April 6, 2018, pending the outcome of his criminal appeal.
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society charges R. Blois Colpitts, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming for allegedly violating provisions of the Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct: A Handbook for Lawyers in Nova Scotia, 2nd ed., (Halifax: Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 1998) (the “Handbook”), the Legal Profession Act, and the Regulations.
Specifically, it is alleged that as a result of his convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada for conspiracy to commit market fraud and as a result of the conduct which resulted in the convictions:
- Contrary to Chapter 1 of the Handbook, R. Blois Colpitts failed to discharge with integrity duties he owed to other lawyers, his clients, the court, the profession and the general public, and conducted himself in a way that reflected adversely on the integrity of the profession, the legal system and the administration of justice.
- Contrary to Chapter 23 of the Handbook, R. Blois Colpitts breached his duty to avoid engaging in questionable conduct.
Any hearing will be open to the public in accordance with Section 44(1) of the Act. Note that at any hearing, preliminary motions may be heard and/or a settlement agreement may be proposed.