April 21, 2016

Online Survey Launched for Feedback on Legal Service Providers

The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have launched an online survey to gather public feedback on the way legal services are provided in the province.

The survey is part of a consultation process focused on finding ways to improve public access to legal services in Saskatchewan.  The main focus of this project is to explore ways to expand legal services that can be provided by legal professionals other than lawyers.

“The Law Society and the government share a common interest in improving public access to legal services” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “We’re eager to hear what the people of Saskatchewan have to say about the way services are currently provided and how improvements can be made.”

“Improving access to legal services is one of the strategic objectives of the Law Society,” Law Society of Saskatchewan President Perry Erhardt said.  “While lawyers are uniquely qualified to provide many services, there are ways that we can supplement those important services and provide more options for the public.”

In addition to the public survey, the process will include extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system.  These consultations are part of the Ministry of Justice’s Innovation Agenda, which is committed to addressing access to justice issues in Saskatchewan by finding ways to deliver understandable, timely and affordable citizen-centred solutions to legal disputes.

The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/6VVRMP9, and will be available until May 12, 2016.

More information on this project can be found in the consultation paper, Expanding Classes of Legal Service Providers in Saskatchewan.