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Discipline Decision – 1996


On March 19, 1996 Benchers found James E. Vavasour guilty of a violation of a principle contained in Chapter I of the Canadian Bar Association Code of Professional Conduct pursuant to section 52(1)(a) of the Law Society Act. Benchers reprimanded Mr. Vavasour pursuant to subsection 52(3)(a)(i) of the Act and ordered him to pay costs incurred by the Law Society in the investigation and hearing of the complaint pursuant to section 57(1) of the Act.

The violation arose from Mr. Vavasour’s failure, in his capacity as the Chair of the Assessment Review Board to honour his commitment to the City of St. John’s to render Appeal decisions on dates previously specified by him. Mr. Vavasour had, prior to Benchers’ deliberation in the matter, acknowledged that his failure to honour his commitment constitutes misconduct or conduct unbecoming a member of the Law Society.