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By: Keaton Peterson
March 16th, 2018
Edmonton, AB: A complaint has been launched with the Law Society of Alberta against the Provincial Minister of Justice, Kathleen Ganley. The complaint states that Kathleen Ganley – a lawyer in Alberta – appears to have breached numerous rules of the Law Society of Alberta’s Code of Conduct through her public comments in the R v Lance Blanchard matter.

Prepared by Scott Horne with Virk Law, the complaint alleges that Ms Ganley’s conduct has unfairly tarnished the reputations of two distinguished jurists and also that of the legal profession, not least because of her status at the head of the provincial Ministry of Justice. The complaint calls for the Law Society of Alberta to denounce Ms Ganley formally due to her irresponsible criticisms of the presiding judge (the Honourable Mr Justice Raymond Bodnarek) and the Crown prosecutor (Ms Patricia Innes, QC) in statements widely published in the mass media.

The Law Society of Alberta is an independent body that regulates the legal profession and holds Alberta lawyers to a high standard of professionalism and ethical conduct. If the Law Society of Alberta determines that a lawyer has violated the Code of Conduct and presents a significant regulatory risk, the matter is subject to a disciplinary process for further investigation and handling.

The complaint filed today calls upon the Law Society of Alberta to denounce Ms Ganley formally, require her to apologise publicly, and impose other sanctions as the Law Society shall deem fit.

For further information, please contact Keaton Peterson at (780) 758-8475