Cessation of Practice and Change of Status

Under s.15(1) of the Legal Profession Act, no member can resign from the Society without the consent of the Executive. 

Pursuant to s.58 of the Rules, a Notice of Cessation of Practice or Change of Status (Form R.1) shall be submitted to the Executive if you wish to: 

  • change your practice status to inactive
  • cease your practice in Nunavut and resign from the Law Society; or
  • cease their private practice in Nunavut. 

Note that you do not need to submit Form R.1 if you change employer while remaining an active member, with the exception of cessation of private practice. 

Depending whether you were practicing law in a law firm, as a sole practitioner or as an employee, you may be required to provide more details on your intended disposition your files & important documents that relate to your practice in Nunavut. 

  • Examples where you are considered an employee : Working at Legal Aid, the Government of Nunavut, Justice Canada, etc. 

Please complete the form relevant to your practice: 

If you are ceasing your private practice 

i.e. you are leaving practice of law in Nunavut as a sole practitioner

Complete Form R.1-A for members leaving practice as a sole practitioner
If you are ceasing your practice 

i.e. you are resigning from the Law Society

Complete Form R.1-B for members leaving practice in a law firm

Complete Form R.1-C for members leaving practice as an employee 

If you are changing your status from active to inactive
Complete : Form R.1-D for members changing their status 
  • A member who has resigned is NOT permitted to provide legal services in Nunavut and will not continue to receive Society notices and communications. 

 

  • If you wish to resign prior to the membership renewal deadline, you should ensure your application is submitted in advance of the January 31st deadline or you risk being automatically suspended for failing to renew your membership. 

 

  • If you wish to resume practicing law in Nunavut after resigning : please see the Resumption of Practice section for instructions on how to be reinstated as an active member.

Inactive members retain membership with the Law Society but are NOT permitted to provide legal services in Nunavut. 

If you wish to resume practicing law in Nunavut after inactivating your membership: please see the Resumption of Practice section to change your membership status from inactive to active. 

  • Inactive members are: 
    • eligible to be nominated as a candidate for the Executive;
    • entitled to cast their vote in the Executive elections;
    • required to renew their membership each calendar year (please see the Fees Chart for regular inactive membership).
  • Inactive members are not required to: 
    • maintain professional liability coverage;
    • report CLE hours for the period they are not active. 
  • Inactive members will continue to receive LSN notices and communications.

How to Submit your Notice of Cessation of Practice or Change of Status

The Notice of cessation of Practice or Change of Status (Form R.1) shall be submitted to the Executive at least 14 days before an anticipated resignation/change of status

Please send your completed Form R.1 (see chart above to know which document to complete) to : info@lawsociety.nu.ca with the subject line "Cessation of Practice" 

**If you are changing your status during renewal period, please refer to the renewal webpage for more information. You will need to upload your Form R.1 directly in your renewal application.

Compliance

When notified that a member resigned from the Law Society without providing a completed Form R.1 to the Executive, the Secretary shall send the member a notice of failure to comply requiring them to provide the notice within 30 days. 

If the member does not send their notice within 30 days, their licence is suspended until they have submitted the notice required pursuant to ss.58(1) of the Rules and it is approved by the Executive. 

Where the circumstances warrant and in the discretion of the Executive, a failure to comply with s. 58 of the Rules may be referred to the Chair of the Discipline Committee for investigation.