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Family bar warns of injustice after Divisional Court blocks most appeals of flawed interim support orders
Gary Joseph
Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph says that in light of trial delays, clients need a time-and-cost-effective route to appeal temporary orders.

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

Ontario family law lawyers say a rule change or other fix may be needed after a controversial Ontario Divisional Court judgment that clamps down hard on applications to appeal temporary orders in family law cases. Counsel are raising concerns that more clients than before will suffer for months, or even years, under onerous temporary support rulings that are arguably (or obviously) legally flawed, but can’t be appealed following the Divisional Court’s Nov. 8 written endorsement in Lokhandwala v. Khan 2019 ONSC 6346. ... [read more]

B.C. sets bencher table for next two years B.C. Law Society president Nancy Merrill

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 2:33 PM

The votes are in for the benchers who will guide the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) over the next two years. Four new lawyers were chosen to fill the seats on the law society’s governing board, with 18 benchers being returned to office for a term which will last from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021. ... [read more]

Law societies called on to address juror challenges

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

In her essay Challenging Whiteness: The Role for Law Societies and Critical Race Theory in Addressing Unrepresentative Juries in Canada, Julianne Stevenson shines a light on an historic and contemporary legal issue, offers up an eminently practical solution and challenges law societies across Canada to implement that solution. ... [read more]

SCC rules Jordan’s presumptive caps on trial delay apply in youth court Subscriber only content Michael Moldaver

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 2:59 PM

Last Updated: Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 3:14 PM

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to impose lower constitutional limits on trial delays in youth court, ruling 6-3 that the 18-month and 30-month presumptive ceilings the top court set for trying adults in the watershed Jordan decision apply also in proceedings under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). ... [read more]

Ruling weakens input of Inuit in polar bear kill quota, lawyer says Subscriber only content Nick_Dodd_sm

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

A group advocating for Inuit in Northern Quebec may be appealing a court’s upholding of an Environment Canada decision to reduce the yearly number of polar bears hunters can kill off a coastal area of Nunavik, says the group’s lawyer, who is concerned this gives the government more latitude in its decision making and less obligation to properly consider treaty rights and Inuit knowledge of wildlife. ... [read more]