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November 1st, 2013
November 1st, 2013
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DOJ and Articling Students' Fees: Another AJC Policy Grievance Filed

The AJC has learned that the DOJ has adopted an inconsistent practice by not reimbursing all of its articling students across the country.

Does the Department of Justice which is responsible for the federal public service articling program through their Legal Excellence Program have an obligation to reimburse their articling students' bar fees?  Of course they do, but in some parts of the country, DOJ has refused to do so.  

In May, 2013, the AJC learned that the DOJ has adopted an inconsistent practice by not reimbursing all of its articling students across the country.

In June 2013, the AJC filed a policy grievance on the basis that «lawyers» as defined in our collective agreement includes «articling students».  Currently, all lawyers get reimbursed for membership or other fees to a professional organization when the payment of such fees is necessary to maintain a professional qualification required by the Employer.  

It is common knowledge that in order to be an articling student, one must be registered with a provincial or territorial bar.  
  
The AJC is asking for the following corrective actions:
a) an order for all departments to comply with article 28 of the collective agreement forthwith;
b) reimbursement of all law society membership fees that were incurred by former and current articling students since the coming into force of the first collective agreement in  2009 and the current collective agreement;
c) any other relief that the AJC may request and that may be deemed justifiable in the circumstances.

Following a brief agreement to hold the grievance in abeyance in order to allow Treasury Board to consult with the Department of Justice, the AJC is now awaiting a hearing date with Treasury Board for this policy grievance.  

We will keep you informed on further developments on this file as they unfold.


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