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FOLA’s POSITION ON LAW SOCIETY AMENDMENTS IN RESPONSE TO BILL C-75

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019

It is well recognized that Bill C-75 has changed the landscape of who can act as agent for accused persons.

Section 802.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits attendance by agent on charges where the maximum sentence that can possibly be imposed on summary conviction is greater than six months. Exception is made where the defendant is a corporation or the agent is “authorized to do so under a program approved by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.”

Bill C-75 increased most maximum penalties for summary conviction offences to two years less a day.  The Bill also converted many formerly indictable offences into hybrid offences. 

As a consequence of Bill C-75, effective Sept. 19, paralegals and law students will effectively be shut out of criminal courts unless the province authorizes a program in accordance with sec. 802.1.

In response to Bill C-75, Attorney General Doug Downey wrote to Treasurer Malcolm Mercer advising that the Law Society was best positioned to determine the scope of legal services to be provided by licensees, including paralegals.  It was proposed that the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario approve a program in accordance with section 802.1.

FOLA position on the LSO Amendments re C-75 - Sept 2019

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FOLA’s POSITION ON LAW SOCIETY AMENDMENTS IN RESPONSE TO BILL C-75

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019

It is well recognized that Bill C-75 has changed the landscape of who can act as agent for accused persons.

Section 802.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits attendance by agent on charges where the maximum sentence that can possibly be imposed on summary conviction is greater than six months. Exception is made where the defendant is a corporation or the agent is “authorized to do so under a program approved by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.”

Bill C-75 increased most maximum penalties for summary conviction offences to two years less a day.  The Bill also converted many formerly indictable offences into hybrid offences. 

As a consequence of Bill C-75, effective Sept. 19, paralegals and law students will effectively be shut out of criminal courts unless the province authorizes a program in accordance with sec. 802.1.

In response to Bill C-75, Attorney General Doug Downey wrote to Treasurer Malcolm Mercer advising that the Law Society was best positioned to determine the scope of legal services to be provided by licensees, including paralegals.  It was proposed that the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario approve a program in accordance with section 802.1.

FOLA position on the LSO Amendments re C-75 - Sept 2019

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FOLA’s POSITION ON LAW SOCIETY AMENDMENTS IN RESPONSE TO BILL C-75

Sep 16, 2019

It is well recognized that Bill C-75 has changed the landscape of who can act as agent for accused persons.

Section 802.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits attendance by agent on charges where the maximum sentence that can possibly be imposed on summary conviction is greater than six months. Exception is made where the defendant is a corporation or the agent is “authorized to do so under a program approved by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.”

Bill C-75 increased most maximum penalties for summary conviction offences to two years less a day.  The Bill also converted many formerly indictable offences into hybrid offences. 

As a consequence of Bill C-75, effective Sept. 19, paralegals and law students will effectively be shut out of criminal courts unless the province authorizes a program in accordance with sec. 802.1.

In response to Bill C-75, Attorney General Doug Downey wrote to Treasurer Malcolm Mercer advising that the Law Society was best positioned to determine the scope of legal services to be provided by licensees, including paralegals.  It was proposed that the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario approve a program in accordance with section 802.1.

FOLA position on the LSO Amendments re C-75 - Sept 2019

Message from the President

We have a wonderful and outstanding law association. But don’t take my word for it. Visit. Explore. Call. Write. Participate. It almost sounds like a pitch for a faraway tourist attraction except it is right here in your backyard. We have something that is almost elusive / unheard of when compared to other legal organizations. What is it that makes us different, sets us apart, and makes this Association central to its membership but also important and attractive to others? This bears consideration. CONTINUE READING


Mark Giavedoni, President 2019-2020

The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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