Law Society of Upper Canada

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The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) is responsible for the self-regulation of lawyers in the province of Ontario. Founded in 1797, the motto of the Society is "Let Right Prevail". It is known in French as "Le Barreau du Haut-Canada".

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The Law Society of Upper Canada was founded in 1797. It was created almost 20 years before the earliest such association in any other province or territory. The creation of this self-governing body by an Act of the Legislative Assembly was an innovation in the English-speaking world and it became the model for law societies across Canada.

The Law Society regulates more than 30,000 lawyers in the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is responsible for ensuring that lawyers are both ethical and competent. The Society has the power to set standards for admission into the profession. It can discipline lawyers who violate those standards. Available sanctions range from admonitions to disbarment. It is based in Toronto, and, unlike other provincial law socities (which have Presidents), it is headed by the Treasurer. The current Treasurer is George Hunter, a succesful lawyer from Ottawa.

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