Access to justice in this region depends principally on the continued strength and morale of the local bar. Create too many regulatory obligations (which currently require small-town/small-firm lawyers to dedicate far too many hours to regulatory compliance (quare: whether the Know Your Client regulations are equally well-tailored for all types of practice)) and work life balance will be affected. Untimately, the viability of practice in more remote communities may suffer an inexorable decline.
A number of my former students were shocked by the call and examination fees that the LSO levies: this too must be considered as an access to justice issue. If young lawyers, burdened by debts incurred by entities regulated by the LSO–and, increasingly, by the LSO itself–simply cannot afford to practice in certain areas or certain communities, then these fees should be considered a barrier to justice. Which they are.