TORONTO, March 5, 2022 /CNW/ – In order to protect the public and the integrity of its licensing process, the Law Society has made the decision to cancel the upcoming barrister and barrister exams, which were scheduled to take place from March 8 to 11and March 22 to 25, respectively. This decision was made following information received by the Law Society which strongly indicates that the content of the exam has been improperly viewed by some candidates, compromising the integrity of the upcoming exam period. Evidence points to the potential involvement of third parties in this activity.
The move affects around 1,100 candidates who were due to take online exams from Tuesday.
“We appreciate this decision is a news shocker for applicants who are not involved in inappropriate conduct,” said Diana Miles, Chief Executive Officer. “However, this is a critical and necessary step to protect the integrity of the licensing process and the reputation of uninvolved applicants. More importantly, as a regulator of the legal professions, it It is our responsibility to take immediate action to protect the public interest.”
Exams will be rescheduled as soon as possible once additional measures have been implemented to further strengthen licensing exam delivery; affected applicants will receive additional information through their online accounts.
The Law Society immediately conducts a thorough investigation of the matter by a team of external investigators. This thorough investigation includes a review of candidates who have taken exams in the past and who may have received and used inappropriately obtained licensing exam content to facilitate their exam attempt.
Recently, affected applicants who would have initially been eligible for licensure were advised that the Law Society was conducting an assessment of their exams and that their eligibility for bar admission was suspended pending such assessment.
In addition, affected candidates who would have originally been eligible to attempt a licensing exam at the next available opportunity have been advised that the Law Society will assess their prior licensing exam and that their eligibility to attempt one another is pending pending this assessment.
At this point, no conclusion should be drawn from a delay in obtaining a candidate’s license to practice. Applicants who may have survey information materials are asked to contact the Licensing and Accreditation department through their online accounts or by contacting Lprocess@LSO.ca.
The Law Society has processes in place, including certification candidate requirements, to protect the integrity of its certification examinations and continues to work closely with its third-party vendors and other experts to is implementing additional measures to further strengthen the delivery of its online certification exams.
Licensing examinations are an integral part of ensuring the basic competence of lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. The Law Society is committed to ensuring that its licensing examinations are administered in a fair, defensible manner, in the public interest, and free from inappropriate behavior, illegal activity and misconduct.
Next steps will be informed by the results of the survey.
To protect the integrity of the investigation, no further details can be provided at this time.
The Bar regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society’s mandate is to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for Ontarioand to act in a timely, open and effective manner.
SOURCE The Bar of Ontario
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