COMPULSORY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
September 2017 : Comments received by the membership during the fall 2015 consultation have been considered by the Committee. We thank all of our members who provided valuable comments and suggestions.
Amendments to the Legal Profession Act in September 2017 ( Bill 47) give power to the Executive to make rules in relation to mandatory continuing legal education.
A revised CPD policy will be submitted to the Membership for consideration and approval during the May 2019 LSN AGM.
PURPOSE OF THE CPD POLICY
The purpose of the Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) policy is to ensure that members of the Law Society of Nunavut meet and maintain high standards of competency by undertaking professional development throughout their careers.
As such, the Law Society of Nunavut is committed to offering Professional Development Events [click here] within the Territory and in communities where members reside and strengthening collaborations with other organizations to facilitate accessibility
As of January 31, 2013, all active members of the Law Society of Nunavut are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of CPD annually, including at least 1 hour devoted to professional responsibility and ethics.
As long as they abide by the CPD requirements set by the Law Society of Nunavut, members can use their 12 hours of CPD fulfilled in another jurisdiction.
An implementation period of 2 years (from January 31 2013 to January 31, 2015) is set to give members the opportunity to voice any concerns and share comments about requirements of the CPD policy.
APPLICATION TO THE EXECUTIVE
If a member is unable to complete the requirements, they must submit an application and provide reasons to the Executive within 90 days of the end of the term.
Newly called lawyers who complete the bar admission program of a Canadian Law Society during the reporting year and members with inactive status are exempted from completing the CPD requirements. They will however need to complete Appendix B with renewal forms.
RANGE OF ACTIVITIES RECOGNIZED BY THE CPD PROGRAM
|Unrestricted Self Study||1 credit per hour||2 hours maximum|
|Restricted Self Study||1 credit per hour||2 hours maximum|
|Group Study||1 credit per hour||Unlimited|
|Educational Training||1 credit per hour||Unlimited|
|Teaching of a course||3 credits per hour taught||Unlimited|
|Nunavut Official Language Training||1 credit per hour||1 hour maximum|
- Click here to download the Description of Types of Activities.
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, MONITORING and COMPLIANCE
|Requirement||Applicability to type of membership||Sanction for non compliance during Pilot Project period||Sanction for non compliance after Pilot Project period|
|Self-reporting: Complete Appendix B with annual membership renewal forms by January 31 of each year||All members (including newly called lawyers and inactive members).||N/A.||Administrative suspension|
|Complete a minimum of 12 hours of recognized CPD activities.||All members except newly called lawyers and inactive members.||Non compliance for lack of activities: A member must provide a written explanation of his or her effort in attempting to fulfill requirements.||Administrative suspension.|