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Expectations of Legal Practice in the IAP
[October 2013 version]

Claimants in the Indian Residential Schools Independent Assessment Process depend upon seasoned, competent lawyers to successfully pursue their compensation claims and assist with their healing journey.

The Chief Adjudicator has established these Expectations to provide guidance to claimants on what they can expect from their lawyer, and to lawyers on the appropriate norms of practice in the IAP. These Expectations are intended to supplement the specific rules and guidelines of the IAP, as well as Law Society rules and the Canadian Bar Association guidelines for lawyers working on Indian Residential Schools claims.

For most IAP lawyers, these Expectations will reflect their existing practice. For others, they will provide useful guidance on the minimum acceptable standard of practice in the IAP

As well, the Court-Appointed Transition Coordinator for Blott & Company claimants, the Honourable Ian H. Pitfield, requires an undertaking to adhere to these Expectations as a condition of receiving files from Blott & Company.

In these Expectations, “lawyer” includes the employees, associates, and agents of a lawyer, including any form-filling or other agency connected with a lawyer or from whom the lawyer accepts referrals.


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Revised - Ocober 3, 2013