How have character references been used in a criminal case?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Hart (Re), 2021 LSBC 29 (CanLII):

In Law Society of BC v. Johnson, 2016 LSBC 20, the review panel held that too much weight on character letters would put the friends and colleagues of the lawyer in the place of the panel and detract from the panel’s duty to protect the public interest. We find that this is one of those cases where the character references cannot negate from the seriousness of the conduct.

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