Looking for clients? A federal program may provide a way to attract clients who earn too much to qualify for Legal Aid, but not enough to pay full legal fees for some services that fall within the scope of practice.
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. The national program is available to anyone living in Canada whose net family income is under $59,000, and is experiencing financial difficulties.
Paralegals with more than two years’ experience can apply to be added to the JusticeNet directory. They agree to devote a portion of their practice to qualifying clients at reduced hourly fees. Typical paralegal hourly fees under the service are $40-$80.
Pamphlets for the program are at every Legal Aid clinic in Ontario.
Paralegal scope of practice areas that are covered by JusticeNet include:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Civil Litigation (Within the Small Claims Court limit of $25,000)
- Consumer Rights
- Criminal Law (Summary offences)
- Employment Law
- Landlord & Tenant