On May 30th 2019, FOLA submitted our formal response to the Law Society's Access to Justice Committee's review of the LSO’s Access to Justice Approach.
You can read our submission here.
From Feb to May 31st 2019, the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee sought input from lawyers, paralegals, legal and community organizations, and the public to assist in its ongoing review of the Law Society’s approach to access to justice.
The initiatives are described in a Consultation Paper
The Committee's conclusions stated that:
"Legal needs have a profound negative impact on individuals and society in Ontario. To address these needs with finite resources and a defined regulatory mandate, the Law Society should ensure its access to justice initiatives are effective and consistent with its statutory functions. To that end, the Committee is analyzing the initiatives, which generally fall into four categories:
1) Facilitating access to legal services
2) Promoting accurate and clear legal information for the public
3) Supporting an accessible, fair and effective justice system
4) Providing assistance to external organizations
As part of its analysis the Committee sought responses to the following questions:
1. What do you think of the Law Society’s current access to justice initiatives?
2. Should some of these initiatives be enhanced? If so, which ones and why?
3. Should some of these initiatives be reduced? If so, which ones and why?
4. Should the Law Society launch new access to justice initiatives? If so, which ones and why?
5. What do you or your organization do to facilitate access to justice? Could the Law Society collaborate with you on your initiatives? If so, how?
6. Should the Law Society institute a levy on lawyers and paralegals to support additional
access to justice initiatives?
7. Do you have additional comments on the Law Society’s approach to access to justice?
SUBMISSIONS: Access to Justice Committee’s Request for Input, May 2019
Justice for Children and Youth is a specialty legal clinic which provides legal services for young people under 18 and homeless youth under 25 in Ontario. They also provide basic, understandable legal information for parents.