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Supreme Court to rule on challenge to compulsory CPD for lawyers

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:52 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide Thursday whether to endorse a Winnipeg lawyer’s far-reaching — but thus far unsuccessful — challenge to mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for lawyers.

Civil litigator Sidney Green contended in his appeal argued last November that the Law Society of Manitoba’s CPD regulation and penalty of suspension for lawyers who fail to comply are not valid because they are not authorized by the province’s Legal Profession Act which only expressly permits suspension in limited circumstances, such as when a lawyer is...