Day: August 14, 2018
By Barbra Bailey, Policy Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan
The Legal Services Task Team was appointed in 2017 as a joint initiative of the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan to examine whether service providers other than lawyers should be permitted to provide some legal services in Saskatchewan.
The Task Team has completed its work and released its final report. The report includes a number of recommendations on how to improve the regulation and provision of legal services in the province.
The recommendations include:
- providing greater clarity to service providers about what legal services are regulated;
- expanding the list of exceptions to the prohibition against practicing law to recognize existing service providers;
- providing the Law Society with licensing authority to allow service providers to practice law with a limited license on a case-by-case basis;
- modernizing the legislation regulating legal services to provide more flexibility for future developments in this area;
- creating guidelines to help educate the public about legal services; and
- conducting pilot projects to help develop and test the recommendations.
The report is now under the consideration of the Minister of Justice and the Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Members are encouraged to contact Benchers or Law Society Administration if they have comments on the recommendations. The Benchers will be discussing the recommendations at the September 14th Convocation meeting in Regina.