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SCC won’t give counsel credit to lawyers whose names were left off judgments during pandemic
Eugene Meehan
Eugene Meehan of Ottawa’s Supreme Advocacy said the profession will welcome the Supreme Court of Canada’s expansion of counsel credits on judgments as it fosters excellence in advocacy, including the training and mentoring of newer advocates.

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

In response to litigators’ complaints that some counsel names were unfairly left off judgments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Canada has revisited its practice and will provide up to four counsel credits per party (including interveners) going forward — however it is not planning to add counsel names to published judgments. ... [read more]

Ontario appellate court allows partial cross-appeal in Ponzi scheme case Subscriber only content Alyssa Tomkins of Gowling WLG International Limited represented appellants/respondents by way of cross-appeal

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 4:55 PM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has partially allowed a cross-appeal that will allow a trustee to recover payments of commissions from a failed Ponzi scheme. ... [read more]

Swearing oath to Queen violation of prospective lawyer’s religious rights, lawsuit says Subscriber only content Avnish Nanda, Nanda & Company

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

A prospective lawyer in Alberta is challenging a requirement that he swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen before being called to the bar, arguing such a pledge violates his Charter right to freedom of religion as a devout Sikh. ... [read more]

Public Order Emergency Inquiry approves funds for participation of defence bar, civil libertarians Subscriber only content Paul Rouleau

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 1:36 PM

The independent commission reviewing Ottawa’s declaration of a public order emergency during COVID-19 vaccine-mandate protests last winter has recommended to the federal government that public funding be granted to help five groups to participate in the inquiry, including defence bar and civil liberties groups. ... [read more]

Court upholds decision siding with insurer against nurse who ‘wrongfully’ accessed patient files Subscriber only content

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 11:51 AM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision dismissing an action brought by a former nurse against an insurer after it declined to defend her in eight civil actions brought by patients whose records were “wrongfully” accessed when the nurse used them to obtain Percocet tablets for personal use. ... [read more]