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Family Legal Services Provider Licence

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The Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee invites lawyers, paralegals, legal organizations and members of the public to provide comments on a proposed Family Legal Services Provider (FLSP) Licensing model. 

The development of a FLSP Licence is one of the Law Society’s responses aimed at facilitating access to justice in family law. The most acute legal need for Ontarians is representation in family court, where approximately 60 per cent of Ontarians do not have legal representation.

Additionally, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the provision of legal services in Ontario and may present family law litigants with additional access to justice challenges.

The Call for Comment is an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the legal community and the public on the most effective approach to improving access to family law services.

The proposed scope of permissible activities, required competencies and outline of the training program are detailed in the Access to Justice Committee: Family Legal Services Provider Licence Consultation Paper

There are three ways to provide comment by Nov. 30, 2020.

  1. Upload a Word or PDF document (no bigger than 5MB) through the online form.  Please ensure your submission is accessible as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  While non-compliant submissions will not be published on the Law Society website, they will be considered in our analysis and final report.
  2. Provide your responses by completing the online form.  
  3. Mail your submission to: 

Family Legal Services Provider Consultation
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N6

Please note: if you need to receive or submit information in an alternative format, please contact submissions@lso.ca or call 416-947-3997.

Please note we are currently experiencing difficulties with the confirmation email process. You may not receive a confirmation email although all submissions that are completed are being received in the database. Please contact submissions@lso.ca  if you have any concerns.
 


Important notice: Submissions will be provided to the Access to Justice Committee. Submissions may also be provided to Convocation and may be reproduced, and/or made publicly available by the Law Society, with attribution. The Law Society reserves the right to redact submissions at its discretion, for reasons including the protection of confidentiality, copyright and brevity. 
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