Discipline Decision – 1996
On April 18, 1996 Benchers found Ernest L Gittens guilty of conduct unbecoming a member pursuant to section 52(1)(e) of the Law Society Act. Benchers order pursuant to section 52(3)(a)(i) and section 57(1) of the Act that Mr. Gittens be reprimanded with respect to his conduct and pay the costs of the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the complaint.
The violation arose from Mr. Gitten’s failure to conduct himself in a professional manner toward a member of the profession. The matter proceeded before the Disciplinary Committee by way of an Agreed Statement of Facts.
Discipline Decision – 2001
Ernest L. Gittens was suspended by Order of Benchers dated June 7, 2001. Benchers found Mr. Gittens guilty of professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a solicitor and of violating principles contained in the Code of Professional Conduct, mainly failure to act with integrity, failure to maintain impartiality, failure to avoid conflict of interest and failure to avoid questionable conduct.
Benchers Ordered that Mr. Gittens be suspended for a period of two months, commencing July 1, 2001 and imposed a fine of $5,000. Benchers also Ordered that Mr. Gittens pay the expenses incurred by the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.