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Allowing Paralegals In Family Court 

  • By Balla Media
  • 08 Aug, 2017

It’s Time For A More Affordable Option

Whether paralegals be allowed into family court has been one of the biggest topics being discussed throughout the Ontario legal community this year.
When it comes to licensing, a paralegal becomes licensed after completing an approved paralegal program at a college and passing the law society’s paralegal licensing exam. Whereas lawyers typically must complete an undergraduate university degree before then completing a law school degree, followed by two exams at the law society.
Today, paralegals can act in small claims court, on provincial offences (non-criminal), in criminal matters known as summary conviction offences, where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, and before administrative tribunals.
However, a recent family law review released in March by former Ontario court chief justice, Annemarie Bonkalo, recommended paralegals be allowed into family courtrooms on certain matters, including:
  • Custody & Access
  • Simple Child Support Cases
  • Restraining Orders 
One of the reasons being that most litigants in Ontario now appear in court without a lawyer, primarily due to cost.
To this review, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi responded that the government is, “committed to working with our partners and the federal government to consider changes that will have a real, positive impact of people’s lives, like allowing paralegals to be trained to provide family law services.”
For the past decade, the law regulator that has also regulated paralegals, and its benchers (board of directors) consist of both lawyers and paralegals. Where it stands now, elected head of the regulator, treasurer Paul Schabas has said they are going to consult with all parties, including the self-represented litigants project, paralegals, and family lawyers and come up with their own view of this in the fall.
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By Balla Media 09 Jan, 2018

When the court sends out a Notice letting a party know the date and requirements of a scheduled hearing that they must appear at, often, right across the middle of the document in bold letters and ***surrounded by asterisks*** is the phrase: “proper dress required.” But what constitutes “proper dress” for a court hearing? Like so many things in life, it is sometimes easiest to identify “proper dress” by noting what it is not.

Specifically, parties should adhere to the following dress code:

Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); collared shirt (tucked in) preferably with a tie, with or without a jacket.

Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt (preferably no more than two inches above the knee) or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt.

Do NotWear:

  • Shorts
  • Hats
  • Halter or Tube Top
  • Flip Flops
  • Ripped/Torn Jeans
  • Baggy Pants That Fall Below Your Hips
  • Clothing With An Emblem / Wording Promoting Illegal / Inappropriate Activity

That being said, what constitutes as “proper dress” could also depend on the representing paralegal’s perspective and opinion, the type of hearing a party has been summoned to, and a person’s job and work schedule. While there really is no absolute right answer, there is definitely a wrong way to dress at court. Think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview or church.

Whether you are the Plaintiff or Defendant, ACS can provide representation through the entire Small Claims Court process! From drafting and filing a claim to drafting and filing a Defence in response to a claim, as well as all the necessary legal procedures that follow, we focus on achieving the best possible outcome for clients – all in the most cost-effective manner.

Should you have any questions about Small Claims or our many other paralegal services, please don’t hesitate to contact us   at 905-363-2550 or via email admin@acslegal.ca .

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By Balla Media 29 Nov, 2017
While top notch research and writing skills are essential for a good paralegal, there are a number of other qualities that can make or break a paralegal’s career.

Today’s paralegal employers are looking for a range of less tangible skills. In particular, getting along well with others and being easy to work with are highly attractive to employers. So are having leadership skills and a good sense of humour. In fact, being a better team player or being able to wear many hats may make the difference in being chosen for a paralegal position.

Good customer skills are also imperative, as you are expected to act to a higher standard than the average businessman or woman, after all, up to 80% of your day is spent communicating with clients, potential clients, experts, vendors, or attorneys.

It’s also of paramount importance to be well-organized, no matter how time-intensive that can be. A successful paralegal will set aside a large amount of time to organize and create detailed duty lists. Doing so will make his or her workflow go more smoothly. Effective paralegals must also be able to quickly adapt to change priorities at the drop of a hat.

Being aware of the importance of these skills before you apply for a paralegal position can help you to better position yourself to land one of these key jobs!
By Balla Media 15 Aug, 2017
When it comes to Small Claims Court in Ontario, people often wonder if they need a lawyer, paralegal, or anyone at all? After all, isn’t Small Claims Court meant to be a ‘court of the people’? While this is true, the reality is going to court on your own can be quite dangerous, here are just 3 of the many reasons why:
By Balla Media 08 Aug, 2017
Whether paralegals be allowed into family court has been one of the biggest topics being discussed throughout the Ontario legal community this year.
By Admin 03 Aug, 2017
Hamilton, ON,August 2nd , 2017:

Collectrite Paralegal Services and Corso Paralegal Services recently announced a
strategic partnership founding, Andrews Corso Smeets LLP. (ACS) Paralegal Services, specifically created to deliver superior joint Paralegal solutions and better serve the litigation needs of Hamilton, Halton and Niagara residents and landlords.
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