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Legal Services Task Team Appointed

Released on May 5, 2017

A team has been appointed to examine the possibility of allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services to Saskatchewan residents.  The task team is a joint project being headed by the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan.  The team will make recommendations about the appropriate role, if any, of non-lawyers in the provision of legal services.

“Access to justice is one of the Ministry of Justice’s highest priorities,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “We know there’s interest in exploring new ways to access and provide legal services, and this task team is going to explore potential opportunities around that for us.”

This project will involve significant consultation with the public, lawyers, and other legal service providers.  Anyone who wishes to make a submission on access to justice and the expansion of legal services within Saskatchewan is urged to contact the task team at LSTaskTeam@gov.sk.ca.

“The Law Society of Saskatchewan is committed to enhancing access to legal services to the public, as outlined in our strategic plan,” Law Society of Saskatchewan President Erin Kleisinger said.  “We are looking forward to working with the task team to explore solutions to this important issue.”

The task team is expected to deliver its recommendations within the next year.  The task team comprises a number of experienced lawyers, legal professionals and members of the public:

  • Gerald Tegart, Regina
  • Mary Ellen Wellsch, Regina
  • Neil Robertson, Regina
  • Darren Kraushaar, Regina
  • Jan Whitridge, Regina
  • Beverly Poitras, Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Laura Siegler Zerr, Qu’Appelle
  • Sandi Kerger, Saskatoon
  • Joy Dobson, Regina
  • Laura Lacoursiere, Saskatoon
  • Marlene Rodie, Regina

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For more information, contact:

Noel Busse
Justice
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8959
Email: noel.busse@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-551-9405

Barbra Bailey
Law Society of Saskatchewan
Regina
Phone: 306-569-8242
Email: Barbra.bailey@lawsociety.sk.ca

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