The first Osgoode Certificate in Handling Provincial Offences Court, Small Claims Court & Landlord and Tenant Board Matters program starts Sat. Nov. 29.
The learning modules blend lectures, case studies and class discussion, emphasizing the practical, hands-on application. An evaluation component offers registrants an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the first three modules by participating in various in-class exercises led by a group of expert facilitators.
Not Your Grandfather’s Law Office – Altering the Future of Law
If the game changes, should the rules stay the same?
Technology and other pressures have changed the way consumers look for, use, and pay for, legal services. Yet, regulations for licensed providers have not changed much over the past 20 years. Changing business structures could spur innovation, give clients what they want, and protect the public – or erode public confidence, kill off traditional law firms, and open wide the legal profession doors to rogues.
The Professional Regulation Committee presented an Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group paper, for information, at the Sept. 24 Convocation. Titled, “Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario: A Discussion Paper,” the report will be published on the Law Society website, along with ways to comment on the four ABS models being considered.
- Duty of care to explain simple contract terms
- Man arrested at U.S.-Canada border with 51 turtles in his pants
- Contract is enforceable if it satisfies ESA at point of termination
- Supreme Court of Canada says provincial consumer protection laws apply to banks
- Self-reps send plea for kindness to judges
- Cyberbullying, Social Media Networks and Sentencing
- New York Judge allows process service via Facebook
- Writing clearly and concisely is a goal that often eludes lawyers
- Prankster or bully? Teacher suspended over note taped to student’s back
- Judge upholds Vancouver bylaw used to crack down on street vendors
- Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
Tell Us What You REALLY Think – in the weekly SCOPE Poll
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Reports, information and recommendations from several committees and working groups were presented to Convocation, Sept. 24. Information of interest to paralegals includes:
Writing in October? Practise Exam Could Help
A new online resource from a familiar name could help paralegal Candidates to feel more confident and prepared as they head into the examination room. Emond Montgomery Publications, widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading academic law publishers, has developed a timed practise exam for paralegal Candidates. It includes 60 questions that mimic the Ontario Paralegal Licensing Exam.
~ Paralegal Licensing Exam Candidate
More than 90% of Candidates who offered feedback after the August examination said the EMP practise exam was helpful. “Taking the test helped me focus my studying on areas I wasn’t too sharp on, and calmed my nerves,” said one who used the tool to prepare.
Connecting: CanLII Cases, Summaries & Commentaries
CanLII Connects is a free collection of summaries and commentaries on Canadian case law. This free resource includes decisive and persuasive cases that are relevant to the paralegal scope of practice. Contributions are accepted from those with a demonstrated capacity for legal analysis. Recent CanLII reported cases and contributions to CanLII Connects include:
- Wrongful dismissal case explains difference between stare decisis and persuasive
- Unsealing Wiretap Packets: Dir. of Civil Forfeiture v. Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp, 2014 BCCA 330
- Hryniak and the movement toward witness-free, electronic trials
- Is that really a new issue, and does it matter? R v Mian is closely tied to Sattva Capital Corp v Creston Moly Corp, Justice Rothstein’s other recent decision on appeal procedure.
- Angry judge demands interpreter for deaf man
- Social media extortion nets jail time
- When is a “Firearm” not a “Weapon”? R. v. Dunn, 2013 ONCA 539
- UK study finds online self-help is no panacea for access to justice
- Can you sue your own insurer if you were injured by an unidentified motorist?
- Superior Court justice calls for a “mini-trial” on an issue involving an insurance company and a driver who gave a declaratory statement after an accident in another person’s car. “Documents shall be filed for the mini-trial only by searchable PDF attachments to emails.” Pinto v. Kaur et al.
Go Virtual, With Lawfactory
Working from home by choice, or saving on overhead costs when just starting out… a new service provides virtual legal practice management solutions.
Paralegal Al Ricci, a former technology executive, started Lawfactory with one goal in mind: make it easier for solo and small practitioners to leverage technology so they can spend more time with clients, while keeping expenses down. The new business launches Sept. 2.
“Technology, when implemented effectively and efficiently, can have a real impact on a person’s access to justice,” Ricci noted.
After a 17-year career in software and productivity solutions, Ricci returned to school in 2012 to pursue his interest in the law. Even before he graduated, Ricci saw the need for a service that combines the cost-saving features of virtual office space with leading technology solutions.