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How to Trace the History of a Law Society Rule of Professional Conduct

Every so often, we’re asked to find previous versions of a Law Society of Ontario Rule of Professional Conduct. It’s not as straightforward as doing a legislative history of a section of a statute – not that a legislative history is always straightforward!

Believe it or not, the sources you need to trace the history of most Law Society Rules of Professional Conduct can be found on the web. It’s the path to the answer that can be tricky.

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Professional Conduct Rules

The Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and Paralegal Rules of Conduct set out the professional and ethical obligations of Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals. This is a quick guide to finding current and previous versions of both sets of rules. Continue reading