How Lawyers and Paralegals Contribute to Access to Justice
Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals contribute to access to justice in many ways. In addition to generating income for The Law Foundation of Ontario from interest on mixed trust accounts, lawyers and paralegals contribute through their pro bono legal work, teaching, mentoring, research, and service on community boards.
Income from Trust Accounts
- Lawyers and paralegals perform legal services that result in funds being deposited in mixed trust accounts. These funds generate millions of dollars in interest. This revenue goes to The Law Foundation of Ontario to make grants that advance access to justice and to Legal Aid Ontario.
Pro Bono Work
- Lawyers and paralegals volunteer their time to provide pro bono legal services to people who cannot afford a lawyer.
For one example, read about Pro Bono Ontario.
- Lawyers and paralegals volunteer their time to teach students about the justice system so that they can become fully engaged citizens in a civil society.
For one example, read about the work of the Ontario Justice Education Network.
- Lawyers and paralegals provide training and mentorship to help new practitioners achieve professional excellence and meet standards for practice and ethics.
For one example, read about the mentoring program of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
- Lawyers and paralegals conduct research into improving the law.
For one example, read about the work of the Law Commission of Ontario.
Public Interest Boards
- Lawyers and paralegals serve as volunteer board members for non-profit organizations working in the public interest.
Read about grants the LFO has funded at public interest organizations.