While there are many highly qualified and experienced law clerks who handle much of the background work when it comes to family law matters, there are many factors that would have to be considered before allowing law clerks, paralegals and students to appear in court, Toronto litigator Jenny Bogod tells AdvocateDaily.com.
If the Ontario government decides to expand the roles of legal service providers in an effort to remove barriers to access for low-income families and for self-litigants in general, questions around qualification, proper training, and experience thresholds will need to be addressed, Bogod says.
“There is the question of what is the scope of the reform,” says Bogod, an associate with Basman Smith LLP. “Would they be allowed to represent family law clients at all levels?”
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