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.
The Law Society and the Attorney General developed 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.
In February 2016, 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.