R-8.1, r. 1 - Code of ethics of the Commissioners of the Régie du logement

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chapter R-8.1, r. 1
Code of ethics of the Commissioners of the Régie du logement
RÉGIE DU LOGEMENT — ETHICS OF THE COMMISSIONERS
Act respecting the Régie du logement
(chapter R-8.1, ss. 8 and 108, 1st par., subpar. 6).
R-8.1
September 1 2012
DIVISION I
GENERAL
1. The purpose of this Code is to set out the rules of conduct and the duties of commissioners, in order to ensure public trust in the impartial and independent performance of their duties.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 1.
2. Commissioners shall ensure the proper conduct of hearings and render justice under the applicable rules of law.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 2.
DIVISION II
COMMISSIONERS’ DUTIES
3. Commissioners shall perform their duties with honour, dignity, integrity and diligence.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 3.
4. Commissioners shall perform their duties with full independence and without any interference.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 4.
5. Commissioners shall uphold the integrity of their office and defend its independence, in the higher interest of justice.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 5.
6. Commissioners shall be clearly impartial and objective.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 6.
7. Commissioners shall perform their duties showing appropriate consideration towards everyone without discrimination.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 7.
8. Commissioners shall show respect and courtesy towards those appearing before them, while exercising the authority necessary for the proper conduct of the hearing.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 8.
9. Commissioners shall respect the confidentiality of deliberations.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 9.
10. Commissioners are bound to discretion regarding any matter brought to their knowledge in the performance of their duties and to respect the confidential nature of the information thus obtained.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 10.
11. Commissioners shall take the necessary measures to keep up-to-date and improve the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 11.
12. Commissioners shall be reserved in public.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 12.
13. Commissioners shall avoid any situation or activity from which could arise a conflict between their personal interests and the requirements of their duties.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 13.
14. Commissioners shall disclose to the chair of the board any direct or indirect interest that they have in a business likely to bring about conflict between their personal interests and the duties of their office.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 14.
15. Commissioners shall avoid getting involved in any activity or putting themselves in any situation likely to undermine the dignity of their office or discredit the board.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 15.
16. Commissioners shall be politically neutral and shall not engage in any partisan political activity that is incompatible with the performance of their duties.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 16.
17. Commissioners may gratuitously perform duties within non-profit organizations insofar as they do not compromise their impartiality or the effective performance of their duties.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 17.
18. The following is incompatible with the performance of their duties:
(1)  soliciting or collecting donations, except in the case of small-scale community, school, religious or family activities that do not compromise other duties imposed by this Code, or associating their status to those activities; and
(2)  being part of an organization likely to be involved in matters before the board.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 18.
DIVISION III
PROVISIONS SPECIFIC TO PART-TIME COMMISSIONERS AND SPECIAL CLERKS
19. Giving legal advice in fields within the expertise of the board is incompatible with the performance of the duties of part-time commissioners or special clerks to the extent that their impartiality and the effective performance of their duties are compromised.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 19.
20. Part-time commissioners may not act on behalf of a party before the board.
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 20.
21. This Code shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to special clerks appointed under the Act respecting the Régie du logement (chapter R-8.1).
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 21.
DIVISION IV
FINAL
22. This Code replaces the Code of Ethics for Commissioners of the Régie du logement (O.C. 1060-85, 85-06-05).
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 22.
23. (Omitted).
O.C. 1200-2002, s. 23.
REFERENCES
O.C. 1200-2002, 2002 G.O. 2, 5570