Family Legal Services Provider

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On December 1, Law Society of Ontario Convocation approved a report proposing a Family Legal Services Provider Licence(FLSP). The version of the licence approved by Convocation is set out in the December 2022 Treasurer’s Report. This licence enables paralegals to administer limited family law legal services.

Many different models and varying iterations of the licence have been passed around since the force behind the licence, the Family Law Action Plan, was approved in 2017. For instance, though the approved model of the FLSP licence is based on the narrow model outlined onpage 36 of the February 2022 Access to Justice Committee Report, there are some differences. If you’re looking for a source to help clear the waters on the parameters and scope of the new licence, we suggestreviewingthe table on page 5 of the Treasurer’s Report:

It is not anticipated that there will be any changes made to the table which outlines the scope of the new licence. However, there remains much work to be done in the development and implementation of the licence, including the associated education requirements and licensing process. Further details are expected to be released sometime in 2023.