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Non-lawyer representation boosted by decision

Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 1:01 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in entering a stay of proceedings, ruling that the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) had unreasonably refused to permit a defendant’s family member to represent him on a speeding charge, reflects the growing trend in Canada of non lawyers representing defendants in court cases.

Justice Katherine van Rensburg“Specialized training is not necessarily required before an unpaid family member or friend can represent an accused or defendant in a provincial offence appeal before the OCJ,” wrote Justice...