The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan jointly undertook a project to explore the possibility of allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services. In 2017, the Legal Services Task Team – comprised of lawyers, individuals working in the legal system who are non-lawyers and members of the public – was appointed to examine this issue and develop recommendations for consideration by the Benchers and the Ministry about the appropriate role, if any, of non-lawyers in the provision of legal services. In carrying out its mandate, the Legal Services Task Team considered a wide range of possible approaches and kept the public interest central to its determination.
To assist the Task Team’s examination, an extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system was conducted. The Task Team released a Final Report that includes recommendations on how to improve the regulation and provision of legal services in the province. These recommendations include:
The Law Society of Saskatchewan accepted these recommendations in 2018 and is taking a measured approach to the implementation of the Task Team recommendations.
Learn more about implementation of the recommendations in the Final Report of the Legal Services Task Team.