Thursday, April 30, 2009

But anyone can practice justice without ethics?

I saw this post at Mike MURPHY's blog.   Good work Mike!
The Regina Leader Post REGINA SK by Jana G. Pruden - April 27, 2009

A Saskatchewan man has been accused of providing legal advice for money despite the fact that he is not a lawyer. Blaine Collins is facing the offence under the Legal Profession Act, which bars people who are not lawyers from giving legal advice or preparing court documents for fees. Collins pleaded guilty to the same offence in 2006, after a man paid him $1,000 to draft divorce papers. Collins received a $1,000 fine.

According to court documents, the new offence is alleged to have occurred between February 2008 and February 2009 at Regina Beach.  Tim Huber, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, said the complaint came from a member of the public and also relates to a family law issue.  A second conviction is punishable with a fine of up to $5,000.The case is slated to be in court again on June 1. 

Collins has previously been identified in the media as the Saskatchewan representative of the National Shared Parenting Association.   In the past, he has vocally questioned some aspects of the Canadian family court system and, in particular, men's rights in custody disputes.  He once sued the Saskatchewan and federal governments alleging certain family laws violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  A 2002 story in the Ottawa Citizen said Collins has some training as a paralegal.  Huber said practicing law without a license is problematic for a number of reasons, including that the person is not insured, not regulated, and is not governed by any ethical or professional oversight.

This is totally in character with Saskatchewan justice practices.  It has a long history of such legal "harassment".  The best come back I heard was from Sheila STEELE's 1 (old, now cobwebbed) site
 "I would never stoop to practice law without a license, but I have practiced justice my whole life."
1)  Ms STEELE died of cancer in 2006 but some of the site works is still maintained by her son Kevin STEELE

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Chris. I picked your feed up in a Google alert for shared parenting.