By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan
The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have jointly undertaken a project to explore the possibility of allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services in Saskatchewan. A Task Team – comprised of lawyers, individuals working in the legal system who are not lawyers and members of the public – has been 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 Task Team will consider a wide range of possible approaches and will keep the public interest central to its determination. For more information about the Task Team, a press release can be viewed here.
An extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system is currently underway. A consultation paper describing the project and the mandate of the Task Team can be found here. Any groups or individuals wishing to make a submission on this topic may contact the Task Team by email at LSTaskTeam@gov.sk.ca.