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Improving Public Access to Legal Services in Saskatchewan

A Task Team of individuals from the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan is seeking public input on how legal services can be provided by professionals other than lawyers in order improve public access to legal services in Saskatchewan. Your input will help shape the task team’s recommendations.

In the fall of 2015, the Task Team had informal discussions with individual paralegals and their associations to better understand the current market of alternate legal service providers. Information was gathered from other jurisdictions and from the current environment for legal services in Saskatchewan. In May of 2016, surveys with legal service providers in the province (lawyers and other providers) and with the public were used to gather information about how legal services are provided in the province. The Task Team is now engaging in additional consultation with a range of interested stakeholders for developing and bringing forward recommendations for the expansion of legal services in the province.

Read the full consultation paper.


1. Why Government is Exploring This Now

Access to Justice Improving access to justice is a pressing issue; many individuals are either unable to afford a lawyer, find one in if they live in a remote community,   remote locations around the province; or find one competent or willing to practice in the required area of law.

Limited consumer choice People currently have limited choice for legal services. Expanding the market of legal service providers increases the likelihood of existing gaps in service being filled, especially in particular areas of law or geography where the current supply does not meet demand.  

Need for more effective regulation Existing laws are unclear on guidance to the public, service providers, and the Law Society about what type of work or services related to law might be performed by those who are not lawyers.  Due to a high demand for legal services, many organizations and individuals try to meet their clients’ needs by providing legal information and assistance where it is otherwise not available.   

2. How to Participate

Attend of one our town halls:

Monday, October 16, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Rusty McDonald Branch George Bothwell Branch 225 Primrose Drive 2965 Gordon Road Saskatoon Regina

OR submit your comments at anytime during the consultation period.

Have Your Say

Comments will be accepted until December 25, 2017. 


3. More Information

The Task Team will submit a report of recommendations to the Law Society Board of Directors and the Minister of Justice in the spring of 2018. The Law Society Board of Directors and the Minister of Justice will then decide whether to accept and how to implement the recommendations.

For more information on the current state of legal service provision in the province, please visit the Law Society of Saskatchewan

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