Talking Justice, Talking Paralegals

Image: Canadian Medical Protective Association

Image: Canadian Medical Protective Association

Access to Justice in the province takes another step forward, with the passing of the Treasurer’s Advisory Group torch to a new forum.

TAG – The Action Group on Access to Justice — is a new forum to foster collaboration on initiatives to make justice more accessible. Its first meeting took place June 3 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

Leaders in public legal education and access to justice issues got an overview of new resources created through collaborative efforts facilitated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

A draft plan for future TAG work is to be presented at upcoming meetings.

Ending on a High Note

LSUC Treasurer Thomas Conway told about 100 TAG participants that “Ontarians need to be able to access their justice system in a timely fashion in ways that they can understand and at a price they can afford.”

Access to Justice has underscored Conway’s term as head of the Law Society’s governance board, Convocation. His successor will be selected at Convocation later this month.

“Collaboration is the only way we will be able to make substantial and lasting change,” Conway said, adding that the TAG launch was a “tremendous end to my term.”

Resources officially launched at the TAG event include these, of particular relevance for paralegals:

    LIFE – Legal Information for Everyone | A PLE Toolbox

    These eight modules provide support and guidance to paralegals, to offer Public Legal Education (PLE) sessions in their communities. Each module includes a video, checklists, handouts and information sheets with tools for delivering relevant and engaging legal information sessions to the public.

    Modules include housing and employment law sessions.

    Handling Everyday Legal Problems – Information to help you make good choices.”

    The printable, plain-language, quick-reference guide has been distributed through Toronto Life magazine and community publications across eastern and central Ontario. The Law Society is also making it available through community agencies.

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