lvi ONTARIO REPORTS JUNE 16, 2017
Volume 23, June 2017
Orders LAWYER MATTERS
2. The Respondent shall comply with the terms of the Law Society’s
Guidelines for Former Lawyers Whose Licences Have Been
Revoked or Who Have Been Permitted to Surrender Their Licences.
3. The Respondent shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount
of 6,500 on or before the deadline of May 26, 2018. Starting
the day following the deadline for the payment of costs, interest
shall accrue on any unpaid part of those costs, at a rate of
2% per year.
(Counsel for the Society, Owen Minns / the Lawyer was not present or
The Law Society alleged that Christopher Paul Merla, 1979, of
Burnstown, committed professional misconduct.
The panel determined that the following allegations were established:
• Between July 2016 and February 2017, the respondent failed
to cooperate with a Law Society investigation by failing to reply
promptly and completely to communications from the Complaints
The panel orders:
1. The Lawyer is suspended for one (1) month commencing
immediately and continuing indefinitely until, to the satisfaction of
the Executive Director, Professional Regulation of the Law Society,
he has provided a complete response to the requests set out in
the Complaints Resolution Department’s written communications
dated July 25, 2016; September 6, 2016; and January 31, 2017.
2. The Lawyer shall comply fully with the terms of the Law Society’s
Guidelines for Lawyers Who Are Suspended or Who Have Given
an Undertaking Not to Practise while suspended.
3. The Lawyer shall pay a fine in the amount of $2000 to the Law
Society on or before August 26, 2017. Commencing the day
following the deadline for payment, interest shall accrue on any
unpaid portion of the fine at a rate of 2% per year.