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The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is authorized by the Law Society Act, 1999, SNL 1999, c. L-9.1 to regulate the practice of law and the legal profession in the public interest.  In serving the interests of the public, the Law Society:

  1. acts as a gatekeeper to the legal profession by requiring that all lawyers are of good character and fit to practice law;
  2. maintains a comprehensive directory which outlines contact information for all practicing lawyers;
  3. maintains a law library available to the public;
  4. promotes lawyer competence by requiring that all practicing lawyers complete fifteen (15) hours of continuing legal education;
  5. conducts regular trust audits to ensure lawyers are compliant with the Law Society Rules;
  6. conducts reviews of lawyers’ practices;
  7. receives complaints about lawyers and ensures that all complaints follow the appropriate disciplinary process; and
  8. may, where a lawyer is unable to practice law, apply to the court for the appointment of a custodian to manage the lawyer’s practice.

Please note that the Law Society cannot provide you with legal advice. If you wish to contact a lawyer, please visit our lawyer directory. If you are seeking a referral, please contact the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN).

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