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A lawyer’s Oath in the Province of Ontario

A lawyer’s Oath in the Province of Ontario
In accordance with the Section 21(1) of By-Law 4 of the Law Society of Ontario the required oath for an applicant for the issuance of a licence to practise law in Ontario as a Barrister and Solicitor is as follows:
I … accept the honour and privilege, duty and responsibility of practising law as a barrister and solicitor in the Province of Ontario.  I shall protect and defend the rights and interests of such persons as may employ me.  I shall conduct all cases faithfully and to the best of my ability.  I shall neglect no one’s interest and shall faithfully serve and diligently represent the best interests of my client.  I shall not refuse causes of complaint reasonably founded, nor shall I promote suits upon frivolous pretences.  I shall not pervert the law to favour or prejudice any one, but in all things I shall conduct myself honestly and with integrity and civility.  I shall seek to ensure access to justice and access to legal services.  I shall seek to improve the administration of justice.  I shall champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons.  I shall strictly observe and uphold the ethical standards that govern my profession.  All this I do swear or affirm to observe and perform to the best of my knowledge and ability.

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