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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 […]


Tell Us What You REALLY Think – SCOPE Poll

Isn’t it nice to be asked your opinion? Paralegal SCOPE polls ask readers a new question each week. Share your views, share the poll, and help to take the pulse of your profession. Voting is anonymous. Results will be posted in one week. This week’s poll:   Check Out Previous Polls:    

Paralegals Among New Justices of the Peace

  Ontario will have 21 new Justices of the Peace at Ontario Courts of Justice, effective March 12. Associate Chief Justice/Coordinator of Justices of the Peace Faith M. Finnestad announced the appointments March 4. The appointees are:   Justice of the Peace Karen (Soloman) Baum: Baum has worked as a journalist for the past 17 […]

Paul Dray Retires from Paralegal Standing Committee

A standing ovation punctuated paralegal bencher Paul Dray’s last meeting at Convocation, Feb. 27. Dray is not running for re-election to the Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC), so the Feb. 27 Convocation was his last. Speeches and a legal all-star luncheon helped to send the long-serving paralegal off in style. Treasurer Tom Conway spoke to Convocation […]

Call for Input: Community Legal Clinics

A project that started last year is branching-out, looking for better ways to provide legal services to low-income households. Sixteen legal clinics have joined the GTA Clinic Transformation Project. They want to hear from front line staff, community members and service participants from the west end of the City and the 905. Six community legal […]

One ‘Old Coot’s’ Opinion of Paralegal Licensing

SCOPE contributor Dan McIntyre is a paralegal with more than 30 years’ experience with landlord and tenant issues. He shares his thoughts on how his practice has changed in the six years since the Law Society of Upper Canada began licensing paralegals. A semi-retired licensee, Dan would like to see a few things changed. I […]

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