Legal Aid Ontario posts its submission on expanding legal services options for Ontario families

Published: August 9, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has provided input to the Ministry of the Attorney General on whether family legal services should now also be delivered by people who aren’t lawyers-people such as paralegals, law clerks and law students.

LAO’s submission to the Family Legal Services Review consultation outlines its experience in providing legal services by non-lawyers and the lessons learned from various projects. LAO’s conclusion is that “with the proper safeguards and an appropriate framework in place, persons other than lawyers, such as paralegals, are capable of providing-and should be permitted to provide-some legal services in certain family matters.”

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