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Monday, June 30, 2014

Saskatchewan lawyer punished for writing retainer on toilet paper

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A Saskatchewan lawyer has been reprimanded by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for writing a retainer on toilet paper.

Ron Cherkewich of Prince Albert, Sask., wrote the document for a client during a 2011 residential schools claim hearing.

Cherkewich, who has been in practice for 44 years, says it was a moment of silliness.

He says while he can't disagree with the law society's ruling, he notes the toilet paper was clean and "the best kind of tissue on the market."

Cherkewich was fined $500 and ordered to pay $10,000 in court costs.

Tim Huber, legal counsel for the law society, says it's not something you see every day.

"There have been cases, nationally, where lawyers have acted in a disrespectful way towards court officials or judges or fellow members, and they've been disciplined for that, but I've never seen anything exactly like this," said Huber.

(Global Saskatoon) -CP-

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