The Law Commission of Ontario Welcomes Law Reform Proposals from the Public

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) wants to hear from members of the public about the areas of law they believe should change.

The LCO welcomes proposals from individuals and organizations, including the legal profession, the judiciary, community groups, government ministries and agencies, academics and the general public. It will consider proposals on an ongoing basis with the actual selection process beginning in January 2014.

The LCO reviews and makes recommendations about Ontario law, policy and practice with the goal of making law more effective, relevant and accessible, clearer and simpler or making more effective use of technology to increase access to justice. It welcomes small proposals that focus on legislative reform and proposals that are broader and may be directed at social justice issues.

Among the reports the LCO has already issued are those addressing principles for the law as it affects older adults and persons with disabilities, vulnerable workers, the family law system, the division of pensions on marital breakdown and the Provincial Offences Act. Its current projects relate to the lien held by forestry workers, capacity and guardianship, accessing Registered Disability Savings Plans by adults whose competence is challenged, class actions and a simplified procedure for small estates.

"We encourage proposals from individuals and groups from across the province," says Executive Director Dr. Patricia Hughes. "Making a proposal is as easy as sending us a two or three page description of the issue, why it matters and why the LCO is the right body to review it. Longer proposals are also welcome." More detailed information about the LCO and making a proposal can be found at

Launched in September 2007, the LCO is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is also supported by Ontario's law schools. It receives funding and in-kind assistance from York University. Housed in the Ignat Kaneff Building, home of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, it operates independently of government to recommend law reforms to enhance access to justice.

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SOURCE: Law Commission of Ontario - LCO

For further information:

Patricia Hughes, Executive Director
Law Commission of Ontario
(416) 650-8406

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