A Paralegal Must Not...

It is critical to remember that you must not, amongst other things, permit a paralegal to:

  • give or receive undertakingsĀ (BC Code,Chapter 6, subrule 6.1-3(c)). There are exceptions in Chapter 6;
  • give legal advice (BC Code,Chapter 6, subrule 6.1-3(b)). There are exceptions in Chapter 6, rule 6.1-3.3;
  • appear in court or actively participate in legal proceedings on behalf of a client, except in a support role to the lawyer appearing at the proceedings (BC Code,Chapter 6, subrule 6.1-3(f)). There are exceptions in Chapter 6, rule 6.1-3.3;
  • act finally and without reference to you (or another lawyer in your firm) in matters involving professional legal judgment (BC Code,Chapter 6, subrule 6.1-3(d)).

A full list of prohibited activities can be found under Chapter 6, rule 6.1-3 of the BC Code.