Kelly Santini Lawyers Respond to Closure of Law Help Centres

In response to the Pro Bono Ontario (“PBO”) that it will be closing its Law Help Centres in Toronto and Ottawa effective December 14, 2018, the lawyers of Kelly Santini LLP have written to the Minister of Justice of Canada, Attorney General of Ontario and the Tresurer of the Law Society of Ontario, urging the centres continue to receive the funding needed to continue offering their services to the public.  The Law Help Centres provide services and advice to self-represented litigants, many of whom are members of marginalized communities, who would otherwise have no or only limited access to justice.

The lawyers of the firm  know from experience that the service provided by the Law Help Centres reduces delays in our court system and assists self-represented litigants, advancing the stated objective of both the government and the Law Society of Ontario.  A study commissioned in 2017, 1 found that Pro Bono Ontario’s services to unrepresented litigants provides a $10 return for every one dollar invested. The estimated cost savings and economic benefits provided by PBO’s services in FY 2015-2016 amounted to $5.76 million for the government and litigants.

The letter was signed by:

Lawrence Kelly Pat Santini Kelly Sample
John Hamilton Eric Appotive Peter Hamilton
Don Burke Stephen Kelly Shawn O’Connor
Mark Friedman Mitchell Kitagawa Lisa Langevin
JP Zubec Sean Bawden Samantha Iturregui
Andrew Godfrey Sean Van Helden Frank Falsetto
Madelaine Thurston Shaun Jaberolansar Zachary Gaulin
Kathryn Craner Jennifer Therrien Afton Maisonneuve
Kate Agyemang Kentt Coburn Matt Landry
Michael Leaver Paul Conlin Allison Russell