Fake Nanaimo lawyer Ralph Goodwin headed to jail

A 69-year-old Nanaimo, B.C. man is headed to jail for 30 days for repeatedly flouting orders not to practise law without credentials.

Ralph Goodwin found in contempt of court for 'flagrantly' defying order to stop giving legal advice

Ralph Goodwin was found in contempt of court when a judge said he "flagrantly" defied a 2013 order requiring him to stop giving legal advice and representing himself as a "chancellor of laws" or a "law speaker." (Bloomberries/flickr)

A Vancouver Island man is headed to jail for 30 days for repeatedly flouting orders not to practise law without credentials.

Ralph Goodwin was found in contempt of court in December when a judge said he "flagrantly" defied a 2013 order requiring him to stop giving legal advice and representing himself as a "chancellor of laws" or a "law speaker."

The B.C. Law Society launched a lawsuit against 69-year-old Goodwin, saying he provided legal services for a fee or the expectation of a fee.

Goodwin did not defend himself against either the order or the contempt of court charges, arguing instead that the court had no authority over him.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice George Macintosh says in his ruling that a jail sentence is necessary because Goodwin has ignored previous court orders and harmed the public.

"The nature of Goodwin's ongoing contempt attracts vulnerable people to retain him for legal advice which he is incapable of giving," wrote Macintosh.

Macintosh also noted in his reasons that Goodwin has advised the court he has taken his appeal to the United Nations, claiming an affiliation with a local aboriginal group "notwithstanding what he says is his Scandinavian heritage."

With files from Karin Larsen

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