Addressing Access to Justice Through New Legal Service Providers: Opportunities and Challenges

3 Texas A & M Law Review 549 (2016)

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 48/2016

30 Pages Posted: 1 May 2016 Last revised: 7 Jun 2016

Alice Woolley

University of Calgary

Trevor C. W. Farrow

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: April 29, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Woolley, Alice and Farrow, Trevor C. W., Addressing Access to Justice Through New Legal Service Providers: Opportunities and Challenges (April 29, 2016). 3 Texas A & M Law Review 549 (2016); Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 48/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2772642

Alice Woolley (Contact Author)

University of Calgary ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

Trevor C. W. Farrow

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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