Addressing Access to Justice Through New Legal Service Providers: Opportunities and Challenges
3 Texas A & M Law Review 549 (2016)
30 Pages Posted: 1 May 2016 Last revised: 7 Jun 2016
Date Written: April 29, 2016
Most informed observers of the Canadian and American legal systems accept the existence of a significant crisis in access to justice. One possible solution is to permit paralegals, notaries or other licensed individuals with training more limited than that enjoyed by a licensed attorney to practice in certain areas of law. This paper supports these developments, arguing for a regulated and incremental introduction of new legal service providers into the legal services market. It considers the appropriate training and scope of practice for new legal service providers, and some of the associated opportunities and challenges.
Keywords: access to justice, legal ethics
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