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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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LSUC Injunction Shuts Down Website

An internet site has been shut down, its owner prohibited from providing legal services, after a Superior Court judge granted a request by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). The Law Society had sought a permanent injunction prohibiting John Dzelme from practising law, from providing legal services, and from holding himself out as a […]

Paralegal Regulation Catches Fire Across Canada

Paralegals in British Columbia will come under the same regulatory umbrella as lawyers, with the approval in principle of an access-to-justice based regulation framework for paralegals and notaries public. At its Dec. 9 meeting, Law Society of British Columbia benchers unanimously approved in principle three recommendations, which will create a regulatory framework to oversee certified […]

Are Court Fees Unconstitutional? SCC to Decide

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case about the constitutionality of hearing fees imposed on the “struggling middle class” in civil trials. Sept. 12, the court announced its decision to give leave to an appeal that will consider whether the exemption from paying hearing fees can extend beyond the “impoverished,” under indigency provisions. […]

Born Today? Access to Justice by College

A child born today in Canada could see equal access to justice in Canada by the time he graduates from high school. Access to justice can be turned around by 2030, according to a Canadian Bar Association (CBA) report. “Reaching Equal Justice: An Invitation to Envision and Act” says addressing the current “abysmal state” of […]

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