Oath of Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of Ontario

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Oath of Barrister

Oath of Barrister

HLF lawyers take their practise oath very seriously. Section 21(1) of By-Law 4, Law Society of Upper Canada (as at February 28, 2013) sets out the required oath for an applicant for the issuance of a license to practise law in Ontario.

The oath reads:

“I accept the honour and privilege, duty and responsibility of practising law as a barrister and solicitor in the Province of Ontario.

I shall protect and defend the rights and interests of such persons as may employ me.

I shall conduct all cases faithfully and to the best of my ability.

I shall neglect no one’s interest and shall faithfully serve and diligently represent the best interests of my client.

I shall not refuse causes of complaint reasonably founded, nor shall I promote suits upon frivolous pretences.

I shall not pervert the law to favor or prejudice any one, but in all things I shall conduct myself honestly and with integrity and civility.

I shall seek to ensure access to justice and access to legal services.

I shall seek to improve the administration of justice.

I shall champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons.

I shall strictly observe and uphold the ethical standards that govern my profession.

All this I do swear or affirm to observe and perform to the best of my knowledge and ability.”


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