There are circumstances in which the Commissioner must investigate a lawyer’s conduct.
The Commissioner has a wide range of powers to investigate the conduct of lawyers.
The Commissioner’s investigation is conducted impartially, and both sides are heard during it.
The investigation process is confidential, it is conducted impartially, and both sides are heard during it.
The Commissioner must give a lawyer reasonable time to respond to his investigation requests, however it is an offence not to comply.
If a lawyer under investigation does not cooperate with the Commissioner, the Commissioner can enter and search a lawyer's premises.
It is an offence for a lawyer under investigation not to comply with the Commissioner’s requests and requirements.
After an investigation, the Commissioner will consider all the evidence put before him and make a determination.
The Commissioner must report the findings of an investigation to several parties, dependent on the results.