The Law Society of B.C. has established a Licensed Paralegal Task Force that picks up where the Alternate Legal Service Provider Working Group, formed in January 2018, left off at year’s end.
“The new task force will take into consideration consultations by the working group as it consults broadly with the profession and others to identify opportunities for the delivery of legal services that would benefit the public in areas of substantial unmet legal need. It will also consider the education, qualifications, credentials and experience that would be required for licensed paralegals,” LSBC spokesman David Jordan said via email.
Currently, the LSBC does not regulate paralegals or designated paralegals (who have enhanced legal abilities) but exercises control over their actions through supervising lawyers. Under the 2018 proposal set out by the ALSPWG, a new category of legal service provider would be created, known as licensed paralegals in the statutory amendments in the Legal Profession Act, and these individuals could work independently of supervising lawyers.