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Paralegal debate: let’s settle for ‘better’ not ‘perfect’ access to justice | Julius Melnitzer

Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 8:32 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

The current debate about paralegal representation in Ontario’s family courts, and the degree of opposition to it in the bar and judiciary, exemplify just how far the profession is removed from reality.

The lawyers and judges opposing the change rest their case on the belief that “quality of service” will erode unless those delivering the service have the equivalent of law school training. Those in favour argue that paralegal representation will reduce the number of unrepresented litigants in family court.

The counterargument to those in favour...