Filing a private complaint
When the syndic of the CSF decides not to file a complaint against the representative who was the subject of the inquiry, the person who requested the inquiry can themselves file a disciplinary complaint. This is referred to as a private complaint.
The complaint must be supported by a sworn statement and must contain a precise description of the facts alleged against the representative. The burden of proof is on the complainant. It will be his responsibility to prove to the Disciplinary Committee that the representative has indeed committed the offences alleged in the complaint.
Before filing a private complaint, the complainant should review the decisions rendered by the Disciplinary Committee or consult a lawyer. Under no circumstance can the secretariat of the Disciplinary Committee provide legal advice.
There are no fees for filing a complaint. However, pursuant to section 151 of the Professional Code, if the respondent is acquitted of every charge contained in the complaint and the complaint is considered excessive, frivolous or clearly unfounded, the Disciplinary Committee can order the private complainant to pay the costs and disbursements.
To file a private complaint, the complainant must contact the secretariat of the CSF’s Disciplinary Committee by clicking here.