Our 2013 Priorities
Convocation approved six priorities for the 2011-2015 bencher term. Here’s how we moved them forward in 2013.
Access to Justice
The Treasurer established the Treasurer’s Advisory Group on Access to Justice (TAG) and we partnered with OJEN and CLEO to present Legal Information for Everyone.
Competence and Professional Standards
We completed a two-year review of the Continuing Professional Development Requirement, began work on the development of the substantive examination framework for paralegals, chose and announced the providers of the Law Practice Program (LPP), and released Contingency Planning Guides for lawyers and paralegals. We also expanded the scope of the Law Society’s paralegal licensing examinations.
Equity, Diversity and Retention
We continued to implement and refine the recommendations in the Retention of Women in Private Practice Report, and launched a consultation to identify challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals.
As part of our commitment to a modern Tribunal process that is separate from the rest of the organization’s work, we established an independent adjudicative tribunal.
Business Structures / Law Firm Financing
The Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group continued to meet throughout the year to examine developments on alternative legal service delivery models and regulatory considerations, held a symposium with leading ABS experts from Canada and abroad and submitted a final report with their recommendations in early 2014.
We undertook a number of important initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the professional regulation process, focusing our efforts on monitoring our complaints experience to identify and reduce risk, and developing policy and other responses to address regulatory issues. 2013 also saw the passage of Bill 111, a significant milestone in the history of paralegal regulation.