♫ Break down the walls
Yes, we'll break down the walls…♫
Lyrics, music and recorded by Youth of Today.
In June, the Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia adopted new rules and took some important steps towards expanding the role of paralegals in the province.
A lawyer will be able to designate two paralegals who will be entitled to perform a number of additional legal services. These services will include the giving of legal advice and appearing in court on certain matters.
Specifically there are discussions on holding a pilot project to allow paralegals to appear on family law matters in BC. The Benchers and the Courts are looking to try these enhanced roles for paralegals in order to provide the public with more affordably-priced legal services.
The details and evaluation methods are still under discussion. It is expected that more information will become available in the coming months. It is not expected that this expanded role for paralegals will come into effect before 2013.
It should be noted that the LSBC took steps towards greatly expanding the legal services that could be provided by articled students back in 2011. This paralegal pilot will continue the work by the LSBC towards breaking down the walls and making legal services in the province more accessible and more affordable to the public.