Unauthorized Practice of Law in Nunavut

The Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee (Committee) of the Law Society of Nunavut (LSN) serves to report and make recommendations regarding any complaint of unauthorized practice submitted to the Committee, as mandated under s.32(1)(c) of the Rules of the Law Society of Nunavut. We would like to request your assistance in drawing your members’ attention to the issue of unauthorized practice of law in Nunavut.

Requirements for practising law in Nunavut

The Society is not a signatory party to the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) rather it abides by the Territorial Mobility Agreement (TMA). This means that in order to be entitled to practise law in Nunavut, a lawyer must either:

  1. become a member of the LSN; or
  2. apply for a Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC), which allows a lawyer to actively practise law in Nunavut on up to three legal matters for one year. 

Unauthorized practice of law in Nunavut

In the past years, we have received reports of a number of lawyers engaging in unauthorized practice in Nunavut. In some of these instances, the lawyers claimed they were unaware that the LSN was not subject to the NMA, and had assumed that they would be able to practise law in Nunavut for a limited period without getting licensed. There are serious concerns when members of the public entrust legal matters to unlicensed persons. It is important that anyone who wishes to provide legal services in Nunavut follow the proper procedures of either becoming a member of the LSN or applying for a RAC.

We need your help

We ask your assistance in drawing your members’ attention to this matter by reminding your members that practising law in Nunavut requires a membership in the Law Society of Nunavut or a Restricted Appearance Certificate.

Thank you for your anticipated assistance. If you or your members have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Society by email at administrator@lawsociety.nu.ca or by phone at (867) 979-2330.

Sincerely,

Shelley Miller, Chair
Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee
The Law Society of Nunavut

 

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