Thursday, October 4, 2007

Canadian Paralegal Sentenced for UPL

TORONTO -- The Ontario Superior Court has sentenced North Bay paralegal Maureen Boldt to four months house arrest for the unauthorized practice of law. She was also ordered to pay $35,000 in costs. Over the past 13 years, Boldt has broken the law by engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Her sentence will commence October 15, 2007.

According to Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie, this is the first time that anyone has been sentenced to house arrest for UPL.

In 2000, Boldt was ordered to stop providing legal services. When she defied the court order, she was convicted in 2006 of contempt of court. Boldt appealed that conviction and lost the appeal earlier this year.

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