May 28, 2015
Paralegals and Arbitration
Can a paralegal represent a party in an arbitration?
Ontario’s Paralegal Rules of Conduct define “tribunal” to include “arbitrators”.
Section 6 of by-law 4 indicates that a paralegal can represent a party before a tribunal established under an Act of the Legislature of Ontario.
The Arbitration Act, 1991 deals with arbitral tribunals including jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals, composition of arbitral tribunals, conduct of arbitrations, and awards and their enforcement http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/91a17?search=arbitration+act
There are many strong policy arguments as to why paralegals should be entitled to represent clients before arbitral tribunals.
Hassell Arbitration is currently reviewing whether or not paralegals can represent a party in an arbitration. We welcome and all information and support from the legal industry, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We will post updates to social media.