The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have jointly undertaken a project to explore the possibility of expanding the scope of non-lawyer legal services providers. The objective would be to increase access to justice by making some services available to members of the public without the need to engage a lawyer’s services. A short consultation paper describing the project can be found here.
At this stage, we have no preconceived ideas about what services could be provided, what form of training/licensing might be necessary, or who the service providers would be or how these individuals would be regulated. We have developed two surveys, one for the public and another for lawyers and others who currently provide legal services in some form. The surveys are designed to help determine perspectives and needs regarding expanded legal services and are part of an extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system.
The next steps of this project are the formation of a Task Force to determine needs and recommendations regarding expanded legal services and an extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system. We expect both of these to begin this fall.