Ontario's Law Society is implementing the Family Law Action Plan to improve access to justice for Ontario families.
In 2016, Ontario's Attorney General and the Law Society of Ontario Canada have asked Justice Annemarie Bonkalo to undertake a consultation to "Expand Legal Service Options for Families". Included in this consultation is a proposal to allow paralegals and other legal service providers, such as law students or law clerks, to deal with certain family matters.
The Ministry consultation page can be accessed at this link. The specific questions being asked by Justice Bonkalo were:
Justice Bonkalo's report was released to the public in February of 2017.
Upon receipt of the "Bonkalo Report", the Law Society undertook a consultation to solicit the views of stakeholders on the 21 recommendations made in the report.
Our responses can be found in the reports provided by our Family Law Committee and Paralegal Committee linked below.
If anyone wishes to comment further, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Robinette at Katie.Robinette@fola.ca
The Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project’s website (funded by a grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario) has been designed to improve access to family justice for middle and lower income Ontarians by increasing the use of limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law matters.
On the above site, you can find resources for family lawyers and other useful information.
Interactive Guided Pathways to Family Court Forms (partnership with CLEO and MAG):
Guide: How to set up a Justice Services Online account (req'd to access the joint divorce online filing service).