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WARNING: PEI LAW SOCIETY REFERRALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
Prince Edward Island Law Society referrals only give you one lawyer who is the next one on the list whose turn has come up.
There is no checking of skills, suitability or experience. Lawyers using law societies referrals pay a fee and when it is their turn they get the referral. The system stinks
Questions you should ask of both the Law Society and the lawyer before you 'retain any PEI lawyer
HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN PEI
Their are about 300 practicing full and part time lawyer/members of the PEI Law Society. Complaints run about 20 a year.
Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing.
However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in Prince Edward Island. The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages
Most complaints to any Law Society are dismissed. Most complaints are simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Complaints should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.
KNOW THE RULES. IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!
The Code of Professional Conduct for the PEI Law Society can be obtained here PEI RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT from the Society's web site.
If you have a complaint about a lawyer which you want the Prince Edward Island Law Society to investigate, you must first write a letter to the Law Society clearly outlining the problem and the lawyer's full contact information. Include your name, address and phone number.
Send the letter outlining the situation, along with any supporting documents, to:
The Secretary-Treasurer Law Society of P.E.I.
P.O. Box 128
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2
Telephone: (902) 566-1666
FAX: (902) 368-7557
Your letter starts the PEI discipline process. It has three stages:
Do not hold your breath. The process can be very slow before your complaint is dismissed.
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