In all other areas of Canada there is little difference between Law Clerks and Paralegals.
Both perform various supportive quasi-legal functions under the direct supervision of a lawyer.
They can assist a lawyer and you may get some routine work done by them at a lower rate than if the lawyer did it.
Paralegals in Ontario are licenced to practice law in certain fields iand in which they must have practice insurance.
They are independent and do not have to work under the supervision of a lawyer. They are therefore very different from paralegals everywhere else in Canada. They are really "para lawyers."
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DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF PARALEGALS BY REGION
Paralegals in British Columbia are not regulated.
In British Columbia, paralegals may not work independently and must work under the supervision of a lawyer.
Paralegals may not practice law, and as such may not represent people in court nor assist them with traffic violations or name changes.
However, they may attend certain disputes, such as between a landlord and tenant, as well as attending some categories of tribunals and administrative hearings.
Aspiring paralegals may pursue entry into the profession through on-the-job training or through paralegal education
Alberta Paralegals may conduct legal research, submit registration documents to the appropriate agencies, and assist with some legal matters, including trial cases, but they must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. Alberta Paralegals are not permitted to represent anyone in court
Alberta has about 7,700 working paralegals. Paralegals in Alberta are not regulated or licenced.
Paralegals in Saskatchewan are not regulated or licenced and may not offer legal advice.
Saskatchewan paralegals must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer and may not engage in activates that could be construed as unauthorized practice of law.
Typical paralegal duties include: conducting interviews with clients and witnesses, preparing legal documents and performing legal research. There are about 650 paralegals in Saskatchewan
Paralegals in Manitoba are not regulated or licenced.
Manitoba Paralegals are not permitted to practice law and must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. Paralegals may perform work that otherwise would be performed by a lawyer, as long as they are directed to do so by a lawyer. This may include interviewing clients, researching legal matters, drafting documents and correspondence, and preparing legal documents.
There are about 1000 paralegals in the province
Quebec does not licence or control paralegals
Nova Scotia paralegals must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer. They are not required to be certified or licensed.
Under the direction of a lawyer, paralegals' duties may include: evaluating and submitting documents, performing legal research, interviewing witnesses, drafting correspondence and assisting in court.
There may be about 2,000 paralegals working in Nova Scotia.
Paralegals in New Brunswick are unregulated.
No license or certification is required in order for paralegals to work legally. However, they must work under the direct supervision of a lawyer and must avoid activities that could be seen as unauthorized practice of law.
Paralegal may conduct legal research, prepare legal documents, assist on transactions and communicating with clients.
Some 350 paralegals work in New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador does not regulate or licence paralegals.
The law does require that paralegals be supervised by lawyers.
Paralegals are also prohibited from giving legal advice.
About 250 paralegals at work in Newfoundland
Ontario is the first and to date the only province in Canada to regulate paralegals through licensing.
Since May, 2007, Paralegals must be licenced, registered and insured through the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) to practice independently, without supervision by a lawyer.
LUSC also clearly defined the scope of practice of independent paralegals, the educational requirements, and standards of practice.
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Law Clerks Across Canada:
A law clerk manages routine, everyday legal and administrative matters and assists the lawyer with more complex legal issues.
The titles "law clerk" and "paralegal" are interchangeable in a law firm anywhere in Canada, except Ontario.