Access to justice is a critical issue for many people who are simply unable to afford the costs typically associated with obtaining legal advice from a lawyer. In the Law Society’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, the benchers identified access to justice as one of the Law Society’s four strategic objectives.
In an effort to promote increased access, the benchers previously asked the Provincial government to amend The Legal Profession Act to give authority to the Society to create additional exemptions to unauthorized practice and also to create a new category of legal services providers who are not lawyers. The government responded favourably to the request and Bill 24 has been introduced in the legislature. It would permit the benchers to approve the delivery of legal services by Limited Practitioners with appropriate training and education and in prescribed areas that pose no risk to the public. For more information see Bill 24.