Consultation: Family Law Matters

The Law Society and the Ministry of the Attorney General are inviting comments from lawyers, paralegals and the public on the recommendations in Justice Bonkalo’s 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.

By the fall of 2017, the Attorney General and the Law Society will develop 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.

Last February, the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo began a review, at the request of the AG and the Law Society, to consider whether a broader range of service providers could deliver certain family legal services. In developing her recommendations, Justice Bonkalo consulted with dozens of groups and individuals from across the legal community, as well as those representing the interests of families in the justice system.

Read the report and provide comment* by May 15 to commentsFLSR@lsuc.on.ca.

* Submissions will be provided to the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee, Convocation, and the Ministry of the Attorney General and may be reproduced, and/or made publicly available by the Law Society and the Ministry of the Attorney General, with attribution.

The Law Society and the Ministry of the Attorney General reserves the right to redact submissions at its discretion, for reasons including the protection of confidentiality, copyright, and brevity.

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