Paralegals given green light to become judges

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  • The National Association of Licensed Paralegals has been aware of this issue for some time because one of our licensed paralegals is a tribunal panellist. However, we would urge caution in applying for these types of positions because the NALP is aware of only one 'outsider' being appointed to a fee-paying role to date.

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  • Regarding the comment from the NALP spokesperson above.

    I am sure that the spokesperson will be happy to learn that his/her warning, once absolutely accurate, is now out-of-date. The discussions between the Institute of Paralegals and JAC was precisely to remove the informal prohibition referred to above. This was done by bringing the JAC up to speed about how the paralegal profession has developed since the relevant Act came into force. What has now changed is that with that better understanding government is now actively seeking paralegal applications. We would expect this change of attitude to lead to many more successful applications from paralegals. Therefore we encourage all paralegals who think they have enough experience to consider this exciting new career option.

    Things are changing for the better - as our recent meeting withthe Master of the Rolls to discuss paralegals in the civil justice system demonstrates.

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