Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals
Our Code of Ethics
Providing assistance and support for Alberta's Paralegals
∑The duties performed by the Member shall at all times be subject to the supervision of his/her Principal. The Member shall at no time represent himself/herself to a client or any person as a lawyer. The Member shall not counsel or give legal advice to a client without the authority and direction of his/her Principal at which time the Member shall advise the client that it is his/her Principalís consent and/or legal advice.
∑The Member must discharge his/her duties with honesty and integrity and shall observe the rules of conduct set out in this code of ethics.
∑The Member shall work in a conscientious, diligent and efficient manner and shall provide a service at least equal to that which a lawyer generally would expect of a competent Member
∑The Member has a duty to hold in strict confidence all information acquired in the course of the professional relationship concerning the business and affairs of his/her Principal and the clients of his/her Principal and the Member shall not divulge any such information unless expressly authorized by his/her Principal or required by law to do so.
∑The Member owes a duty to his/her Principal to observe all relevant rules and laws regarding the presentation and safekeeping of the property of any client entrusted to his/her Principal.
∑The Member should assist in maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.
∑The Memberís conduct towards his/her Principal, the clients of his/her Principal and other members of the legal profession should be characterized by courtesy and good faith.
∑Any business cards used by a Member shall not in any way indicate or infer that the Member is not working under the direct supervision of a Principal.
∑Any misconduct or negligence on the part of the Member under the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Law Society of Alberta will be considered misconduct or negligence on the part of the supervising Principal.