Michelle Haigh – Election Statement

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I have devoted the last seven years to developing our profession. I wish to continue to put that experience to work for you. My re-election to the Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC) will ensure continuity, combined with youth and new ideas.

I envision a PSC that represents a vast background, covering all the major areas of our current scope of practice. I envision a committee that is committed, experienced and professional.

Continue Advocating for Paralegals

In the last election, I earned a vote of confidence from the paralegal profession and continued my work on the PSC. I focused on issues to advance the profession, including:

  • Scope of Practice
  • Exemptions to licensing
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Maintaining fee levels

During the last four years, this focus has produced results. Exemptions have been reduced and continue to be monitored. CPD has been fine-tuned. Annual fee increases have been minimized, and will not increase for two years.

Governance, Scope, Access

For the past three years I have been the only active paralegal member of the Governance Working Group, which was instrumental in increasing the Paralegal Benchers, from two to five. I am also active on the Morris Report Working Group, which continues to address recommendations made in that five-year report, including the scope of practice for paralegals.

Scope of practice issues continue to be a hot topic. We are on the cusp of change. Access to Justice issues are at the fore, in this province and across the country. Paralegals are key to advancing Access to Justice and we have an important role to play in making legal services more accessible. Paralegals are part of the solution.

Areas we should investigate for expanded paralegal scope of practice include:

  • Appeals
  • Real estate
  • Wills
  • “Super summary” matters

We also need to direct our attention to mentoring programs, increased educational standards/testing, and educating the public about paralegals.

My experience and record of commitment will help to make the Paralegal Standing Committee a well-rounded and effective unit. Please support me for re-election to the Paralegal Standing Committee.

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