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Access to Justice


Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

Law Society of B.C. launches ‘innovation sandbox’ on expanding access to justice LSBC president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has launched an “innovation sandbox” which will look at proposals from those who are seeking to address unmet legal need in the province. Those admitted to the innovation sandbox will pilot legal services and advice under the supervision of the law society. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Consider intersectional approach to your recruitment experience | Naomi Sayers

Often the legal industry talks about how progressive their own law practice is without critical examination into how their own recruitment experience closes the doors onto so many. ... [read more]

Monday, November 09, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Action committee offers guidance on resuming court operations in remote, Indigenous communities Chief Justice Richard Wagner

A committee of justice officials established to guide court operations as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has issued new guidance on the safe restoration on court operations for northern, remote and Indigenous communities. ... [read more]

Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Law society aiming to broaden scope of services for Ontario paralegals, says treasurer Paralegal series logo

The Law Society of Ontario will continue to look at ways to expand the services that paralegals can provide across the province, including through a comprehensive study of the profession that is ongoing, said LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Will divorce lawyers be replaced with licensed paralegals? | Steve Benmor Paralegal

When the province of Ontario and the Law Society of Ontario appointed former Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo on Feb. 9, 2016, to study the challenges faced by separating spouses who required family law help, she found that 57 per cent of Ontarians could not afford lawyers and therefore had no legal representation in family court. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

Access to justice and clinical legal education | Cate White

Last week, as I was tutoring a first-year law student for her upcoming contracts midterm, she asked me why anyone would want to go into a legal practice that involves contracts after spending first year befuddled by the abstracted concepts of offer, acceptance, consideration, warranty, parole evidence, etc. I had to break it to her that in most practice areas of law she would likely bump into some of these contract principles. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Why Indigenous treaty rights on fishing, trade require federal protection | Angelique EagleWoman

As both Canada and the United States share a similar history in formation as the offspring of father England, they also share the obligation to uphold treaties with Indigenous nations. In the United States, the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples have been upheld in early U.S. Supreme Court cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

How to allocate limited criminal justice funds | Adriana Ortiz

As a criminal defence lawyer who has practised law both in Canada and abroad, I can tell you that the criminal justice system is generally not the way to resolve social ills. ... [read more]