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Federal judges say pay package is getting too low to attract ‘outstanding’ private bar lawyers
Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Martel Popescul
Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Martel Popescul warns that federal bench recruitment from the private bar is suffering because legal practitioners have to take increasingly big pay cuts.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 9:13 AM

Canada’s federal judges — in the midst of seeking an increase to their indexed half-million-dollar pay and pension package — are expressing “deep concern” that a declining number of private bar lawyers with higher incomes are applying to join their bench due to its comparatively lower pay and demanding workload.    ... [read more]

Newfoundland and Labrador Appeal Court examines rare costs order against Crown

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 10:47 AM

A ruling by a Newfoundland court involving a dropped case against a man charged with drunk driving affirms that there must be egregiousness, bad faith or oppressive conduct on the part of a Crown for it to be hit with a costs award, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Hands-free ‘holding’ a cellphone still driving violation, rules B.C. Appeal Court Vancouver Crown counsel Megan Street

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 9:34 AM

British Columbia drivers might want to keep their cellphones hidden from view following a recent decision by the province’s Court of Appeal. In R. v. Rajani 2021 BCCA 292, released on July 27, the court upheld a B.C. Supreme Court decision (R. v. Rajani 2020 BCSC 779) that found “holding” an electronic device under the province’s Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) is not limited to only using one’s hands. ... [read more]

So, you want to be a judge? Latest demographics of lawyers who made it onto federal benches

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

If you are an accomplished 51-year-old female civil litigator practising in Toronto, new demographic data suggest you’ve hit a sweet spot for appointment to the federal judiciary. ... [read more]

Court ‘clarifies’ standard of review for jury decisions on damages in wrongful death: counsel Subscriber only content Luke Hamer, Smitiuch Injury Law

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 @ 10:07 AM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed multiple appeals from a landlord ordered to pay damages after a tenant died in a fire, in a decision, counsel said, that “sets a new benchmark for Family Law Act damages.” ... [read more]