Saturday, February 2, 2008

Paralegal Regulation at the Board

Since November 1st, 2007 the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) has taken to asking representatives if they are licensed or exempt from licensing before anyone can act for a party. Paralegals in the current LSUC licensing program, lawyers and employees of companies who they are representing can all appear at the Board. So can friends and family, if they are not being paid. But there a lot of people who call themselves paralegals who did not take part in the licensing process and who should not be acting at the Board. I've already found one, and I turned him into the law society.

My question is, should the Board be the watchdog? Where is their jurisdiction to do so? Personally, I think they have it backwards. It's ironic in a way that when anyone could appear at the Board prior to October 31st, 2007, the Board didn't concern itself with the quality of representation. But now that there is a licensing body, the Law Society, the Board is acting as cops for the LSUC. A person engaging in unauthorized practice can be slammed with a hefty fine under the Law Society Act. Persons who are licensed and who mess up or do poor work, will find themselves in front of an LSUC discipline panel. So what's the big deal? Now that the LSUC exercises control over all those who appear at Small Claims, or administrative tribunals, or at provincial court, leave it up to the free market complaint-driven system to weed out the bad apples.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LOOK IT IAM SELIING MY RENTAL HOW DO I SELL IT EMPTY .....IVE GOT TO CLEAN UP THE PLACE THEIR PIGS!! AND I'LL LOSE 30,000 WITH A BUYER BECAUSE OF THEM

HELP!!!!