California Legal Access Recommendations Delayed Until March

A California task force aiming to broaden access to legal services now has a few more months to make its final recommendations, as debate continues about whether nonlaywers should be allowed to assist consumers with legal matters.

News Story (California)

Sam Skolnik
Bloomberg Big Law Business
November 19, 2019

Tags: Access to Justice


The changes would broaden the range of those who can provide legal services in the state, to potentially include tech companies and the Big Four accountancies, which some in the industry see as threat.

Proponents of the changes say they would help bring much needed access to justice.

The State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees last week granted a motion to delay the final recommendations of the Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) panel from Dec. 31 to March 31 of 2020. The board recognized that the panel needs more time to “synthesize” the more than 2,800 comments it received in response to proposals.