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Federal Court’s chief justice says webcast pilot part of modernization project
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Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton said the hope is for the webcast to become a mainstream part of the court, but there are a few issues that must be worked out in the pilot stage.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

The Federal Court’s recently launched webcast pilot project may be centred around “access to justice,” but according to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, it’s also part of a larger modernization plan that will include a new website, electronic access to records and improved scheduling capabilities. “It’s part of the bigger plan to move away from a paper-based organization, to being a modern court that’s more accessible electronically,” explained Justice Crampton in an interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, noting that the Federal Court will be launching a new website in the spring. ... [read more]

Lawyers dispute claim solicitor-client privilege bars ex-AG comment on alleged PMO ‘pressure’ in SNC-Lavalin case Subscriber only content Jody Wilson-Raybould

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:02 PM

Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:36 PM

Some legal experts dispute the assertion that solicitor-client privilege bars Jody Wilson-Raybould from making any comment on The Globe and Mail’s explosive but unproven allegation that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) “pressed” the then-attorney general last fall to nix the bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a remediation agreement enabling the Montreal-based construction giant to remain eligible for lucrative federal government contracts. ... [read more]

‘Symptoms and effects’ needed for mental stress claim, rules Saskatchewan Appeal Court Subscriber only content Tom_Engel_sm

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court has shown one does not need something as official as a psychiatric diagnosis to successfully claim damages for mental suffering, said a lawyer in a case involving a “bone-chilling” phone call from one brother to another. ... [read more]