A prominent New Brunswick lawyer, scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for attempting to obstruct justice, has been suspended by the province's regulatory body for lawyers.
Rod Gillis, a partner in the Saint John-based firm Gilbert McGloan Gillis, is still listed as practising on the firm's website.
But his status on the Law Society of New Brunswick's website has been changed to "suspended" and his insurance status is listed as "N/A."
"Suspended or disbarred members are not permitted to practise law or handle trust funds," the website states.
No reason is given for Gillis's suspension, but the website says lawyers may be suspended "for disciplinary reasons, such as being found guilty of conduct deserving sanction, or pending the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings."
Members may also be suspended for administrative reasons, such as failing to pay their fees or file forms on time, according to the website.
Gillis, who was found guilty of obstruction in January, could face up to 10 years in prison.
He is appealing his conviction.
In February, Marc Richard, the law society's executive director, said Gillis would be allowed to continue practising, but that the matter was under review.
Gillis could be reprimanded, fined $25,000, suspended or disbarred, Richard had said, noting Gillis could request the review process be put on hold, pending his appeal.
Gillis is not listed under the disciplinary hearings section of the society's website, but it has not been updated since March 1.
Case dates back to 2009
The obstruction case against Gillis dates back to 2009 when he was representing former Liberal MLA Frank Branch in a civil lawsuit against the North Shore Forest Products Marketing Board and on criminal charges of fraud and extortion.
During a break in the civil proceedings, Gillis approached Alain Landry, the manager of the marketing board, and offered a deal, the courtroom heard.
Gillis wanted the board to pay Branch $250,000 to settle the civil case and suggested Landry stop board witnesses from testifying against Branch in the criminal case. Gillis had also threatened if the criminal matter went forward it would be messy and two cabinet ministers would have to testify in the case.
Although Gillis denied Landry's version of events and pleaded not guilty, Moncton provincial court Judge Irwin Lampert said he did not believe him.
The judge described Gillis' testimony as "too often vague, indefinite, qualified and non-committal."
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An Edmundston judge ordered Gilbert McGloan Gillis to pay a portion of the legal fees incurred by the other parties — about $102,500.