Tuesday, March 24, 2015

California is considering Limited Licensed Legal Technicians

Following the lead of Washington state, the State Bar of California has just posted for public comment a proposal to do that same thing in that state.  Both Robert Ambrogi's LawSites blog and the ABA Journal blog have the report.  Here's and excerpt from the latter:


Will California be the next state to allow legal technicians? Bar group calls for pilot program

Washington is currently the only state with a program allowing limited license legal technicians to help civil litigants prepare legal documents and provide advice on legal procedures. But bar groups in two other states are taking steps that could lead to legal technician programs in their own jurisdictions.


A task force of the Oregon State Bar issued a report last month recommending that the bar’s board of governors consider the concept of legal technicians to help increase access to justice, according to Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites. Now a California bar task force has published for comment a draft report that calls for a legal technician pilot program in one subject matter area, LawSites says.


The report by the State Bar of California’s Civil Justice Strategies Task Force says the state bar should first study design of the pilot program, addressing how oversight and licensing would be handled.

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You can continue reading the ABA Journal blog here.



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