Paralegal Job Description:

Paralegals in Ontario must have graduated from a Law Society of Upper Canada accredited Paralegal Education program and hold a valid paralegal license in order to represent someone in a legal capacity. Paralegals in Ontario can represent clients:

in Small Claims Court

in the Ontario Court of Justice

on summary conviction offences where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months' imprisonment and /or a $5,000 fine

before administrative tribunals

Paralegals should have computer and technical knowledge as well as strong analytical, communication and organizational skills. 

Typical Duties of a Paralegal:

  • Give legal advice concerning legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding
  • Draft or assist with drafting documents for use in a proceeding
  • Negotiate on behalf of a person who is a party to a proceeding

Paralegals in Ontario are not permitted to appear in Family Court and may not provide legal services that only a lawyer may provide, such as drafting wills or handling real estate transactions or estates.

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