ADVICE AND SETTLEMENT COUNSEL PROJECT
at the Superior Court of Justice
393 University Avenue, 9th Floor
The Advice and Settlement Counsel (ASC) program provides family lawyers who can assist self-represented parties on a limited scope services retainer. This is a private, low-cost, duty counsel project.
The parties do not need to be in court to use the ASC counsel.
The ASC lawyers can provide summary legal advice and in-court assistance. This can include helping parties to manage their way through the event, providing advice regarding potential resolution (by way of Consent, Agreement or Minutes), and preparing “to do” lists so that the party understands what steps need to be taken next.
The goal of this program is to provide affordable help to self-represented parties/litigants. The ASC project is operating as a pilot project developed in consultation and is supported by the bar, the judiciary and Court Services. It is part of the larger Family Law Limited Scope Services Project (FLLSS) which is working to increase the availability of limited scope services in family law in Ontario. Information about the FLLSS is available at the project website: www.familylawlss.ca.
In order to be considered for the roster, a lawyer must:
- have 50 per cent or more of their practice devoted to family law;
- have 5 years at the bar;
- complete a training session; and
- complete an application.
We had a training session on November 20, 2019 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m. at the offices of Epstein Cole LLP in Toronto and another training session on January 20, 2020 at the offices of Cohen Alves Peeters Yates LLP.
We will be recording our training in the next few weeks to make available for on-line viewing through Zoom webcast. Stay tuned!
If you have completed the training session, you may download the Application here.
We are searching for a project co-ordinator so Lorna Yates will be the acting project co-ordinator. You can contact us at:
email: [email protected]
phone: 416-968-9200 ext.222