The LSBC Tribunal is an independent decision making body. It manages, considers and decides disciplinary cases involving legal professionals and contentious applications of licensing candidates seeking to practice law in British Columbia. It upholds the public interest in the administration of justice by acting in a manner that is fair, respectful, and transparent.
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You can learn more about the LSBC Tribunal by reading our Mission and Core Values. You can find information on attending a public hearing in the Guides for the Public section. If you still have questions, you may find answers among the FAQs. For an overview of what we achieve each year, take a look at our Annual Reports.
Our Legal Resources section includes links to Directions on practice and procedure before the LSBC Tribunal as well as Forms to be filed with the Tribunal Office. Under Instructions and Guides, you will find a variety of information helpful for parties and participants involved in current cases before the LSBC Tribunal.
Lawyer Nickolaus Weiser found to have acted in conflict of interest and without integrity
In a recent decision of the LSBC Tribunal, Kamloops lawyer Nickolaus Weiser was found to have committed professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Weiser acted in a conflict of interest when in four instances he had acted for a company in which he also had a financial interest and in one instance when he borrowed over $360,000 from a client. Additionally, Weiser was found to have acted without integrity when he executed a loan renewal agreement purporting to commit a client as personal guarantor without the knowledge and consent of the client. At the hearing, the Law Society argued that Weiser was deemed to have admitted the facts underlying the misconduct and had taken no steps to withdraw those admissions or give notice that he intended to introduce contradictory evidence at the hearing. As a result, the panel held that Weiser should not be permitted to testify or introduce evidence that would effectively be a withdrawal of those admissions. A sanction hearing will be scheduled at a later date to determine the appropriate consequences for the professional misconduct.