The Law Society and the Ministry of the Attorney General received over 160
submissions from individuals and organizations, in
response to the consultation on the Family
Legal Services Review Report.
The report’s 21 recommendations include creating a special licence to
allow paralegals to provide certain types of family legal services such as
custody and simple divorces without property.
By the fall of 2017, the Law Society and the Attorney General will
develop an action plan, informed by the consultation. The Law Society plans to
work closely with the AG and other partners to improve the public’s experience
in the family justice system. In 2014-2015, over 57 per cent of Ontarians did
not have legal representation in family court.
Last February, the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo began the Family
Legal Services Review, at the request of the Attorney General and the Law
Society, to consider whether a broader range of service providers could deliver
certain family legal services.