Advocacy & Practice



As the voice of advocates, The Advocates' Society positively impacts law and policy by intervening in court cases that impact the profession and making submissions on legislation and policy. Learn more about our initiatives by clicking the links below.

 

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These are the factors that our Board of Directors consider in determining whether to take on an advocacy project or apply for leave to intervene in a case before the Courts.  Please email Dave Mollica, Director of Policy and Practice, for further information or requests for intervention or submissions. For media requests, please contact Robin Black, Director, Marketing and Membership, 1-888-597-0243 x108 or robin@advocates.ca.

 

Advocacy Projects

  • Whether the issue is of broad relevance to the profession.
  • Does the issue affect:
    • Access to justice;
    • The practice of law by advocates;
    • Procedural matters of broad application;
    • The right to counsel;
    • The independence of the Bar;
    • The administration of justice; or
    • An issue of law that is of importance to the proper representation of parties before courts or tribunals.
  • Does The Advocates' Society have the staff time and resources required to undertake the project.
  • Have or will other legal organizations take a position.
  • Whether the will issue have a beneficial impact on broad members of the legal system.
  • Are there any reputational risks, costs exposures, or like concerns?

 

Interventions (please click here to review the policy in its entirety)

  • The importance of and need for the Society's intervention is demonstrated.
  • Whether the matter is of broad interest to the profession, which extends beyond the interests of the parties to the litigation are at issue.
  • Is intervention by the Society in the interests of the public.
  • Does the matter affect:
    • Access to justice;
    • The practice of law by advocates;
    • Procedural matters of broad application;
    • The right to counsel;
    • The independence of the Bar;
    • The administration of justice; or
    • An issue of law that is of importance to the proper representation of parties before courts or tribunals.
  • Whether there is certainty or a reasonable prospect for success in the matter.
  • Whether there are any reasons the Society should not seek intervenor status, including the need for a disproportionate expenditure of time or resources, reputational risk, or otherwise.

 

 


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