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SCC’s Cory remembered as brave and compassionate judge who protected human dignity, fairness
Peter deCarteret Cory
Former Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory passionately believed that ensuring fair trials is among the court’s most important tasks.

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

Last Updated: Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory, a Second World War hero who distinguished himself in the judicial trenches for a quarter century, dodged more than his share of bullets during his decade on the highest court. Three traits which showed up early in his life — bravery, hard work and a penchant for volunteering for tough assignments — contributed to him carrying the ball for the Supreme Court in some of its most controversial and challenging cases. ... [read more]

Technical deficiencies opened door for Yukon Appeal Court to overturn defamation verdict: lawyer Howard Winkler, Winkler Dispute Resolution

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

The Yukon Court of Appeal has sent a defamation case back to trial because of the inadequacy of the judge’s instruction to the jury, with a lawyer characterizing it as a “results-driven” decision as he felt the court did not like the original verdict. ... [read more]

Ontario Court of Appeal rules multiple insurers must pay to defend in case of hockey fan’s injury Subscriber only content David_Boghosian

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 2:20 PM

Ontario’s highest court has ruled both the insurer for the City of Markham and the insurer for Hockey Canada are responsible to pay legal costs for defending the city in a case arising from an injury at a Markham Waxers hockey game in 2015. ... [read more]

Quebec allowing notaries to sign documents remotely during pandemic but issues remain Isabelle Couturier

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Under pressure to deliver legal services in spite of Quebec’s public health state of emergency, notaries in the province have been given the go-ahead by the Quebec Ministry of Justice to sign notarized documents remotely. Under an order-in-council on essential services issued by the Quebec government on March 23 and extended until May 4, notaries, lawyers and bailiffs are deemed to offer essential services, giving them the choice to remain open. ... [read more]

SCC ruling opens door to attacks on use of sentencing ranges, starting points: defence counsel Subscriber only content Daniel Song

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Lower courts’ use of starting points for sentences is ripe for challenge at the Supreme Court of Canada, following recent comments from the top court in a landmark case on sentencing of sexual offences committed against children, suggests counsel for the intervener Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA). ... [read more]