With the final report of the Law Commission of Ontario being released, Downtown Legal Services’ Lisa Cirillo discussed family law services and reform with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, July 24.
The LCO Report comes after recommendations in the Macfarlane Report on self-represented litigants, and a recommendation earlier this year from the Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. All three reports recommend an expanded role for paralegals in certain family law matters.
Among the LCO report’s recommendations: that the Law Society review the scope of practice for paralegals with the objective of identifying those areas of the family legal system to which paralegals can contribute to increase access to justice. The LCO operates independently of government to recommend law reforms to enhance access to justice.
You can listen to the CBC interview via podcast.
Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters
Self-Representation – Macfarlane Report
LSUC AGM – Family law lawyers react to expanded scope proposal