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Lawyer charged with child porn still allowed to practice law

Posted by uLaw Editorial Team on Apr 23, 2018 7:46:00 AM

A Toronto criminal lawyer currently facing charges of possessing child porn has been allowed by the Law Society to continue practicing as a lawyer despite the heinous criminal charges he faces.

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A recent tribunal decision demands the embattled attorney must not be in the presence of minors unless accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age. It’s also stipulated that Vijaya may not be mixing his business files with personal files on his computer if he wants to continue representing clients.

Vijaya continues to deny the charges laid against him.

In the eyes of the law, he remains innocent; so his ability to practice remains unhindered despite attempts made by Law Society Counsel Suzanne Jarvie, who pointed out that the evidence against Vijaya appears show a “pattern of conduct over a lengthy period of time”.

Jarvie asked the panel hearing Vijaya’s case to "confront the reputational risk to the Law Society, as a guardian of the public interest, when licensees face compelling and credible criminal charges of this nature."

Confronting the wide berth of factors at play during the formulation of a Tribunal decision, the panel decided to allow Vijaya to keep his license.

One such consideration made on his behalf was that the criminal proceedings concerning his alleged possession of graphic and disturbing child porn were in the "early stages", and that at present he is still presumed to be innocent.

 

 

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Topics: lsuc, Law Society of Ontario, reputational risk, child porn