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Updated: Supreme Court rules automatic suspensions OK when lawyers fail to take mandatory CPD

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:53 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Affirming that law societies must be afforded “considerable latitude” in exercising their public interest mandate, the Supreme Court has split 5-2 to dismiss the challenge of an 87-year-old Winnipeg litigator who now faces an automatic suspension of his licence to practise because he refuses to take the 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) required annually in Manitoba.

On March 30, a five-judge majority held that the Law Society of Manitoba does have implied authority in its enabling statute, The Legal Profession Act, to automatically suspend...