Discipline Decision 2006
On July 12, 2006, pursuant to section 48(3) of the Law Society Act, 1999, an Adjudication Panel of the Discipline Committee of the Law Society found Jody L. Saunders of Mount Pearl, NL, guilty of conduct deserving of sanction in that Ms. Saunders:
(i) failed to comply with the Rule respecting quality of service contained in Chapter II of the Code of Professional Conduct, in that she failed to: provide conscientious, diligent and efficient service, to respond to client enquiries and to keep client A and client B reasonably informed;
(ii) failed, upon being discharged, to comply with the Rule contained in Chapter XII of the Code of Professional Conduct, in that she failed to return the files and all related documents to both client A and client B in an orderly and expeditious manner;
(iii) failed to comply with the Law Society Rules respecting discipline and in particular Rules 9.01, 9.04 and 9.07 and to comply with the Rule respecting responsibility to the profession generally, and in particular Chapter XV of the Code of Professional Conduct, in that she failed to respond promptly to the Law Society.
By Order of the Adjudication Panel dated July 12, 2006, Ms. Saunders was reprimanded and ordered to pay the total amount of the expenses incurred by the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.