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Notice about Paralegal Licences and Representatives

As of May 1, 2007, paralegals who represent parties before the Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal are governed by licensing requirements of the Law Society Act, Regulations, and by-laws of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

From May 1 to October 31, 2007, the Law Society of Upper Canada will accept applications for licences from paralegals already practising in permitted areas of practice. These are known as “grandparent” applicants or “transitional” applicants. Eligible applicants will be required to pass a licensing exam that will be given in early 2008. The Law Society expects that the first paralegal licences will be issued in the spring of 2008.

After October 31, 2007, only paralegal candidates may continue to practise until the first licences are issued. When the Law Society receives a candidate’s complete application to enter the licensing process, it will add the name of that paralegal to the Paralegal Candidate Directory, available on the Law Society’s website.

Not all paralegals are required to apply for a licence. Please contact the Law Society to obtain information about paralegals who are exempt from licensing; WSIAT staff cannot provide you with this information.

By October 31, 2007 representatives who are not exempt from the licensing requirement and who do not intend to apply for a paralegal licence should have completed work on existing files or transferred ongoing files to representatives (lawyers or paralegals) in good standing with the Law Society, or paralegals who are exempt from the requirement to have a licence.

After October 31, 2007, the WSIAT will require all representatives to provide information about their licensing status in order to represent parties before the Tribunal.

You may obtain more information about paralegal licensing by following this link to the Law Society’s website: www.lsuc.on.ca. You may also call the Law Society at 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380.

Posted on: August 10, 2007