Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

November 25, 2010 12:58 ET

Law Society Budget for 2011 Approved

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2010) - The governing body of the Law Society of Upper Canada today approved a 2011 budget that strengthens its regulatory processes and maintains support to the profession. The budget provides for modest increases of $49 (2.8 per cent) to the annual fee for lawyers and $24 (2.6 per cent) to the annual fee for paralegals.

"We are pleased to keep the annual fee increase for 2011 for both lawyers and paralegals below the 3.4 per cent change in consumer prices in Ontario," says the Law Society's Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Heins. "The minimal increase allows us to maintain service levels while supporting the Law Society's goal of serving the public interest by being a best in class regulator." 

The total annual fee for lawyers will be $1,785, which is virtually equal to the $1,782 fee in 2001. The total annual fee for paralegals will be $957.

Highlights of the 2011 budgets for lawyers and paralegals are as follows:
  • Increase of $1.2 million in the Professional Regulation lawyer budget primarily due to the rise in the volume and complexity of complaints.
  • Increase of $2.2 million in the Professional Development and Competence budget, primarily related to the approval and implementation of the continuing professional development requirement (CPD).
  • Total of $540,000 dedicated to the Parental Leave Assistance Program for sole and small firm lawyers.
  • Lawyer licensing process fees of $2,400 remain unchanged.
  • Paralegal licensing process fees of $1,075 remain unchanged.

"The Society's focus continues to be our core mandate of regulating lawyers and paralegals in the public interest," says Law Society Treasurer Laurie Pawlitza. "The introduction of the CPD requirement speaks to our duty to the public to ensure the professional competence of lawyers and licensed paralegals. Enhancing the Law Society's regulatory activities addresses the need to investigate and respond to increasingly complex complaints."

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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    The Law Society of Upper Canada
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