Can a member of the Law Society of BC knowingly take a false affidavit?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Lee (Re), 2021 LSBC 31 (CanLII):

In Law Society of BC v. Foo, 1997 LSDD No. 197, the hearing panel explained the importance of lawyers ensuring the accuracy of documents that will be relied on by the courts or other litigants: This matter of members of the Law Society causing documents which would be relied upon by other litigants and Courts, to be filed, is a very serious matter where the member permits this to be done knowing that the documents filed either contain errors or contain falsehoods. Next to defalcation of trust funds by a lawyer, knowingly taking a false affidavit is about as serious a breach of professional conduct as can occur.

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