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NCJ Number: 76739 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Public Sector Paralegalism in Canada Today
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 326
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Ministry of Justice
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Presentations from the Canadian National Workshop on Paralegalism deal primarily with the roles, functions, training, and future of public sector paralegalism in Canada.
Abstract: One address notes that the reduced access of high-cost legal services to middle- and low-income persons shows a growing need for the paralegal as a low-cost legal practitioner to perform routine legal services. Developments cited in the use of community legal workers are as legal assistants, lay advocates, community organizers, indigenous community leaders, and communicators of legal information. Another presentation delineates the essential characteristics of two intertwined professions -- the lawyer and the community legal services paralegal worker -- and comments on the value and place of professional attitudes toward paralegalism; it also considers areas of unauthorized practice for paralegals. Issues related to the professionalization of paralegals are identified in another paper, including such topics as the protection of the paralegal-client relationship, the legal authorization of paralegal practice, the extent of legal liability and financial accountability for paralegal activity, and the continued development of the paralegal's role in the delivery of legal services. Other topics discussed are the roles and functions of public sector paralegals from the perspective of paralegals, and the development of paralegals in the United States. Training issues are prominent in many of the presentations. Appended are descriptions of paralegal involvement in specific public sector-legal aid programs, descriptions of paralegal training program, and a policy statement on legal assistants issued by the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar-British Columbia branch. Footnotes are provided for most articles. For individual papers, see NCJ 76740-47.
Index Term(s): Accreditation; Attorneys; Canada; Community action programs; Educational courses; Indigents; Job analysis; Legal aid services; Legal training; Paralegals; Professionalization; Role perception; United States of America
Note: Based on a conference, National Workshop on Paralegalism, Vancouver, Canada, March 28-31, 1978.
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