The Ethics Committee makes rulings that apply the Code of Professional Conduct for Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Saskatchewan Rules to specific fact situations involving lawyers. The committee meets several times a year to review requests for rulings by the members, as well as complaints referred to it by Professional Responsibility Counsel. Matters referred to the Ethics Committee are those that do not appear to raise conduct issues, but rather involve “grey area” ethical issues that require discussion and application of the Code and Rules. Following the meeting and discussion, if a ruling is reached, it will be sent to the parties, be they the lawyers who submitted a request for ruling, or the lawyer and complainant in a complaint matter. The committee then posts the rulings, anonymized to remove identifying information, in the Ethics Rulings Database for the benefit of members and the public.
If a member requires assistance with an ethical matter, he or she is asked to contact the Law Society for guidance. If further guidance is required after discussing with the Law Society, he or she is advised to submit a request for ruling in writing to the Law Society.