(THUNDER BAY, ON) – ONTARIO LAW SOCIETY TRIBUNAL HEARING FOR CHRISTOPHER WATKINS IN THUNDER BAY IS CANCELLED
LAWYER WILL NOT OPPOSE AN INTERLOCUTORY SUSPENSION OR RESTRICTIONS ON HIS LAW LICENSE.
A scheduled hearing on March 5,2019 in Thunder Bay for Christopher Watkins has been CANCELLED.
One of our Inside Edition citizen journalists contacted the Law Society of Ontario.
The hearing in Thunder Bay on March 5th, 2019 has been cancelled. It appears now that the hearing will be either by teleconference or by written submission. Mr. Watkins’ counsel has said that he won’t be opposing the motion for an interlocutory suspension or restriction.
Watkins is a well known and long practicing lawyer in Thunder Bay.
Ontario Law Society documents state that Watkins “has a history of failing to attend at court appearances in criminal proceedings dating to at least 2012,” the documents stated, noting that the lawyer’s absences have become “more frequent and problematic” since December 2017.
Watkins was cited for contempt of court on September 13,2018 and bench warrants issued for his clients due to his failure to appear in court.
Watkins has publicly apologized for his absence and the problems in caused for his clients. He states that ongoing health and personal issues have resulted in this unfortunate situation.
The team of Inside Edition citizen journalists wish Chris a speedy recovery with his health issues so he can resume his law career in the near future.
Follow the link below to read the documents.