This initiative will mobilize and educate lawyers across Ontario in the use of unbundled family law legal services and legal coaching, pilot a program in Barrie that provides private duty counsel services, establish a roster of trained lawyers, develop information for the public, and undertake an evaluation of all aforementioned services. The project will be overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives from the Ontario Court of Justice, the Family Lawyers Association, Legal Aid Ontario, and the Academy among many others. The purpose of the project is to increase access to these types of services to allow those who are unable to afford (or not prepared to pay for) traditional full legal representation to have improved access to family justice. The proposed research study will be the first comprehensive study of the value and limitations of limited scope services to date.
February 22, 2018
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