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Ontario Divisional Court warns family bar to cease routine leave apps which clog the court system
Sheila Gibb
Sheila Gibb of Toronto’s Epstein Cole LLP, told The Lawyer’s Daily the ruling is ‘really important’ because ‘it was issued with the express intention of sending a strong message to the family law bar that parties should not seek leave to appeal temporary support orders.’

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 5:06 PM

Ontario’s Divisional Court is telling family law lawyers to stop routinely applying for permission to appeal temporary support orders. That message was delivered loudly and clearly when the court recently took the extraordinary step of issuing reasons for dismissing Imran Khan’s bid to appeal a temporary spousal and child support order: Lokhandwala v. Khan 2019 ONSC 6346. ... [read more]

Complex Nova Scotia court case goes hi-tech Michael_Wood_sm

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Nova Scotia’s court system has taken a big leap in its embracing of technology after a recent high-profile financial fraud case went almost completely digital. This latest move towards greater use of technology in the justice system came in the form of enhancements to Courtroom 502 at the Halifax Law Courts — changes made in preparation for the September appeal of disgraced tech executives Daniel Potter and Blois Colpitts. ... [read more]

No ‘silver bullet’ to solve equity issues in legal profession, says Manitoba law society official Subscriber only content Alissa Schacter, Manitoba Law Society Equity Officer and Policy Counsel

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

As the legal profession struggles with ensuring a more inclusive and open profession, Manitoba has established an equity officer to co-ordinate its efforts on equality and ensuring no one is subject to harassment and discrimination by a lawyer. But whereas the title may be unique to law societies in Canada, the officeholder says what she does is not. ... [read more]

Civil rights groups seek first-ever Supreme Court ruling on constitutionality of solitary confinement Subscriber only content Jessica Magonet

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Nearly five months ago, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that indefinite, prolonged solitary confinement violates prisoners’ rights to life, liberty and security of the person under Charter s. 7, and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC), which were involved in that case, now seek a similar finding from the Supreme Court of Canada, which has yet to rule on the constitutionality of administrative segregation. ... [read more]

Court ‘quite clear’ that questioning accused on motivation to fabricate is ‘inappropriate,’ counsel says Subscriber only content Mark Halfyard 2019 sm

Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 3:57 PM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, ruling that the trial judge erred by transforming the “absence of a proven motive to fabricate into a proven lack of motive.” Counsel for the appellant said the court is “signalling quite clearly” that it’s inappropriate for the Crown to ask an accused why a complainant “would make up an allegation.” ... [read more]