Members of the Licensed Paralegals Association (LPA) executive had a productive one-on-one meeting recently with Minister of the Attorney General, John Gerretsen.
LPA President Robert Burd said the hour-long Aug. 13 meeting included Attorney General staff and Vice President Serhiy Senatorov. They covered a wide range of issues affecting paralegals. These include: paralegal regulation; legislative changes; jury duty; Justice of the Peace applications; service of documents from courts and prosecutors; early resolution and disclosure; amalgamation with the PSO; and expanding the scope of practice.
“Overall the meeting went very well, Burd said. “We are scheduled to meet again shortly.”
The LPA has met with Gerretsen at least once a year, Burd noted. “He seemed genuinely concerned with our issues and knowledgeable on them all, and even raised issues. We left thinking our issues would be addressed in short order.”
The LPA and PSO are moving toward amalgamation. Burd said Gerretsen supports the move. “Interestingly, the AG said that until paralegals speak with one voice they will not get what they are looking for. I personally challenge every paralegal, especially those that have created new internet paralegal organizations, to join in with the PSO/LPA amalgamation so that paralegals will have a truly strong voice and can dictate what their future is.”
“We can all begin by joining the amalgamated organization, continue with our excellent paralegal-led CPD presentations, and make sure the right five paralegals get elected to the Paralegal Standing Committee of the LSUC,” Burd said.