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Proposed ethics rules for former judges stir debate

Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:49 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Legal ethics professors are applauding the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) proposal that legal regulators create a new rule barring ex-judges from advocating in court and from disclosing confidential information obtained on the bench.

But not everyone is on board. “I find the proposed rule to be troubling,” says Charles Huband, a litigator with Winnipeg’s Taylor McCaffrey, of the advocacy ban. “It assumes that the courts will play favourites — that the courts will lean towards counsel with whom they have had a past association,” said...