Category Ontario Courts

Report Calls for Paralegals in Family Law; Expanded Scope Possible

Ontario paralegals who earn a “specialized licence in family law” should provide limited legal services in family matters. This is in the best interests of the public. So says Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, in a long-awaited report. Released March 6, the Family Legal Services Review‘s 21 recommendations mark the first step towards opening up the Paralegal […]

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Paralegal Regulation, Employment Law: CanLII Cases

As the only online publisher of paralegal news and information, Paralegal Scope was chosen to add content to CanLII Connects. This free legal information provides good legal writers with significant exposure for their writing skills. It ensures access to useful legal information for the public and legal services providers alike. These recent CanLII-reported cases and […]


Youth Court Out of Bounds for Paralegals: Judge

A Youth Criminal Justice Court judge has held that paralegals cannot represent clients in that court. Justice M. L. Cohen found, in a decision released Feb. 23, that the special court lies outside the paralegal scope of practice. A paralegal had asked to be declared a “suitable adult” to assist a young person, under section […]

Former Centennial Instructor Among Judicial Appointees

Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective July 17. Justice Victoria Alexandra Starr has practised in the area of family law and child protection since being called to the bar in 1996. For the past seven years, she has managed her own firm, Starr Family Law, Barristers and Solicitors, […]

New Top Judge: George Strathy

The Honourable George R. Strathy, a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, is appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He replaces Justice W. Winkler, who retired last December. Justice Strathy was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in April 2013, after serving for five years […]

Legal Word of the Day: “Limitation Period”

Limitation Period — Time limit on initiating an action, claim or complaint. The action may be related to remedy an injury, loss or damage from an act or omission. In Ontario, these time limits are set out in the Limitations Act, 2002. It came into force in 2004 and was amended in 2006 to permit […]

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