Raymond & Associates
Paralegal Services

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The regulatory scheme set out in the Law Society's By-Law 4 permits paralegals to practise in what were already permitted areas of practice. Subsection 6 (2) authorizes licensed paralegals to represent someone:

  • in Small Claims Court
  • in the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act
  • on summary conviction offences where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months' imprisonment
  • before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

A person with a paralegal licence can, in the course of representing a client in any of the above-mentioned proceedings;

  • give legal advice concerning legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding
  • draft or assist with drafting documents for use in a proceeding
  • negotiate on behalf of a person who is a party to a proceeding.

The Law Society began issuing the first paralegal licences to grandparent applicants who fulfilled all the necessary licensing requirements (including insurance) in April 2008.