Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Ontario Paralegals Withdraw Law Society Motion?

Apparently so, according to a Law Society of Upper Canada bulletin, emailed to members early Tuesday morning. The notice is strangely veiled as to the nature of the motion itself:

The members who filed a motion to be made at the Law Society's Annual General Meeting on May 5, 2010 (published in the April 16, 2010 edition of the Ontario Reports) have advised the Law Society that the motion will not be moved at the Annual General Meeting.

Pursuant to the by-laws, the motion will therefore not be on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting.

There must be an interesting story here...

For background, see our post last week, Ontario Paralegals and Family Court Representation

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

Update:

The Toronto Star adds this brief snippet:

The motion, however, has been withdrawn. Toronto paralegal Marshall Yarmus said they have decided instead to allow the law society’s paralegal standing committee to study, on its own timetable, the issue of expanding the scope of practice for paralegals.

The law society has regulated paralegals since 2007. How that development has affected paralegals and the public will be the subject of a review to be submitted to Ontario’s attorney general in 2012.

- GJW

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