Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society seeks bank records in misconduct investigation

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is making the request in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to the Ontario-based bank Tangerine under the Interprovincial Subpoenas Act.

Misconduct investigations normally take place in secret under the Legal Profession Act

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is asking for banking records related to a malpractice investigation. (Robert Short/CBC)

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society is asking an Ontario-based bank to produce records in connection with a professional misconduct investigation.

The society is making the request in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to the bank Tangerine under the Interprovincial Subpoenas Act.

Investigations by the society's complaints investigation committee normally take place in secret under the province's Legal Profession Act.

But the society's request for a publication ban and sealing order on court records put a few details into the public realm.

"The application is in furtherance of an ongoing investigation where a subpoena is required to assist the society in obtaining documents that cannot be otherwise released to us," said Darrel Pink, executive director of the barristers's society.

It's not clear who is being investigated.

Tangerine spokesperson Amy Cole declined to elaborate to CBC News.

"We're not able to provide comment to help with this request," she said.  

The publication ban hearing will take place on Nov. 18 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. 

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