By Melanie Hodges Neufeld
At September 2016 Convocation, the Benchers approved amendments to renumber the Code to bring it in line with the Model Code of Professional Conduct in force across Canada. The old numbering scheme made the Code difficult to search electronically. To ensure that the Code is fully searchable, the Law Society adopted a new numbering scheme that assigns a number to every chapter, section, and rule in the Model Code and to each paragraph of the commentaries accompanying the rules. The renumbered Model Code uses two numbering styles: one for chapters, sections and rules; the other for paragraphs in the commentaries. The following excerpt illustrates the approach:
Please review the amended Code of Professional Conduct posted to the Law Society website. A Table of Concordance has also been posted which summarizes the amendments.
A copy of the previous version of the Code has been maintained on the website and is located under the heading “Old Code.”