Updated June 28, 2014

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Janet Minor, a constitutional lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney general, is the new Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

Minor garnered 31 out of 60 votes cast in a single ballot this morning at Convocation. The other nominees were Raj Anand (9 votes) and Christopher Bredt (20 votes).

First elected to Convocation in 2001, Minor has served on committees that include: Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, Professional Development and Competence Committee (current Chair), Treasurer’s Advisory Group on Access to Justice (TAG), the Governance Task Force and the Tribunals Committee, Hearing and Appeal Panel.

Minor has said that ensuring that competent paralegals are available in well-defined areas of work is a priority for Convocation. She is a trustee of the Law Foundation of Ontario and sits on the board of the Ontario Justice Education Network.

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Statistics from 2013 indicate a troubling pattern.

While sole practitioners constitute 52% of all practising paralegals, over 70% of complaints against paralegals that were received in Professional Regulation involve paralegals practising alone.

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Photo: Go Ask Alice

    Shop for legal help at your grocery store?

The Law Society is moving forward with possible changes to the where and how legal services are offered. An Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group report presented to June Convocation updates Benchers on the consultation phase.

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    What is a paralegal, and what can we do?

Learn what legal services licensed paralegals can provide, and why more Ontarians are asking themselves: Do I need a paralegal?
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News From Practice Areas



Protecting paralegal scope

The Law Society of Upper Canada won its application to restrict the scope of paralegal practice in Occupational Health & Safety representation for the public. It also scored a victory for the paralegal scope of practice.

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Big changes for small claims

Are you ready? Electronic filing is just one of the changes paralegals need to know. Learn about all the Rules changes that take effect July 1.

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Housing co-ops come into the LTB fold

As of June 1, Ontario’s co-operative housing corporations are under the umbrella of the Landlord & Tenant Board, for certain matters. This means that paralegals can assist with issues such as evictions. Find out what you need to know, to tap into this new client market.

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