The Regulation of Paralegals in Ontario

Paralegals are professionals. Other professionals include Lawyers, Doctors, and Chartered Accountants. Professionals are obligated by their governing bodies to a higher standard of learning and conduct than non-professionals.

The governing body for Paralegals is the Law Society of Upper Canada, which also governs Lawyers. The Paralegals at Graham Scott Legal Services are regulated, licensed professionals who are qualified to provide legal services to the public.

The Access to Justice Act called for the regulation of paralegals in 2007. Before then, only Lawyers were regulated. This has created a number of positive changes, some of which are listed below:

  1. Members of the public can obtain legal representation at a lower cost, thereby increasing accessibility to the legal system;
  2. Paralegals must comply with the Rules of Conduct prescribed by the Law Society of Upper Canada;
  3. Paralegals who engage in unethical conduct are subject to discipline by the Law Society of Upper Canada;
  4. Paralegals must carry Errors and Omissions Insurance in order to provide compensation to clients in the case of professional misconduct;
  5. Services to Clients are subject to audit by the Law Society of Upper Canada; and
  6. Paralegals are held to a higher standard of learning and continuing education.

The purpose of regulation is to make justice more accessible and to ensure accountability to the public. Any member of the public can file a complaint about a Paralegal or Lawyer by contacting the Law Society of Upper Canada's Complaints Services department.

Any information contained in this site is intended as general introductory information and does not amount to legal advice. For legal advice you should consult with a licensed Lawyer or Paralegal. The information in this site does not provide any warranties or guarantees of any kind, express or implied, in relation to the accuracy of its content. No Paralegal-Client relationship arises as a result of reading the information contained herein. No liability exists on the part of Graham Scott Legal Services, its agents or employees, as a result of the use, attempted use, or misuse of the information provided.

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