Utah creates new form of legal practitioner

By Neasa MacErlean

18 December 2015 at 09:05 BST

People with a law degree will be able to operate as 'limited legal practitioners' in the US state and will probably be involved in helping individuals to carry out fairly simple activities such as settling debts and filing for divorce.


The move has just been approved by the Utah Supreme Court as a way of lowering the costs of simple legal services. The new practitioners will not, however, be allowed to appear in court. 

Pro bono - not enough

Explaining the controversial move, Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas said that lawyers had been trying to do what they could by offering pro bono services. He said: 'But at the end of the day, though, we need to come up with an economically viable model that will help improve access for those individuals in our civil justice system.' Source: Bloomberg Business of Law


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