What is a Paralegal?
A Paralegal is a legal professional licensed by Law Society of Ontario. Under the Law Society of Ontario’s By-Law 4, a Paralegal is authorized to appear as a representative before the Small Claims Court, the Ontario Court of Justice under Provincial Offences Act and for summary conviction offences under the Criminal Code. In addition, a Paralegal is also allowed to represent someone before administrative tribunals. Offering legal advice, preparing documents, and negotiating for matters in above courts and tribunals are also within a Paralegal’s scope of practice.
The public is now more and more willing to seek advice and representation from a Paralegal for their matters because a good Paralegal serves in a timely, cost-effective, and professional manner.
A Paralegal is regulated by the Law Society of Ontario and has to follow various legislations in order to maintain their professionalism, quality of service, competence and so forth.