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Chief Justice Wagner ‘very happy’ Ottawa to table bill aimed at expediting judicial discipline
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Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner says reducing delays in handling complaints against federal judges will preserve and enhance public confidence.

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 10:46 AM

Justice Minister David Lametti is working on legislation to improve the cumbersome and costly federal judicial discipline process — measures he hopes to introduce before the House of Commons adjourns for the summer in June, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Quebec Appeal Court clarifies actus reus, mens rea in case involving negligence causing death Subscriber only content Dylan Jones

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

A Quebecer who was found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of a passenger in a speedboat he was operating lost his bid to overturn his conviction after the Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed his argument that the victim’s death was caused by the boat’s faulty design. ... [read more]

Concerns over adverse reactions to vaccines outweighed by risk of contracting disease, B.C. judge rules Subscriber only content

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 9:44 AM

A B.C. provincial court judge has ordered two boys to be vaccinated despite concerns by their mother about possible adverse effects, but a legal expert is saying, while the decision to immunize itself is in line with how courts are trending on the issue, he is concerned about some of the other findings in the case. ... [read more]

‘Not criminally responsible’ element in insurance case bolsters sparse jurisprudence: lawyer Subscriber only content Robert_Sampson_sm

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 1:39 PM

A recent Nova Scotia court decision allowing a schizophrenic man to collect on his common law partner’s life insurance after being found not criminally responsible for killing her “shores up” a “slim thread-line” of case law in this area, says his lawyer. ... [read more]

Judgment shows you can’t hide behind Internet and get away with defamation, lawyers say Subscriber only content Pina D’Agostino, Osgoode Hall Law School

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 9:46 AM

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered nearly a dozen online posters to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after it was determined they defamed a former pharmaceutical executive and his spouse, despite the fact that they did so anonymously and remain largely unidentified. ... [read more]