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LSO proposal to allow paralegals to provide family law services garners mixed reaction
Law Society of Ontario treasurer Teresa Donnelly
‘There are so many complex reasons why people are unrepresented in family court, but one of the most consistently cited reasons was the inability to afford someone,’ said Law Society of Ontario treasurer Teresa Donnelly.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO)’s proposal to allow paralegals a limited licence to deal with family law issues is receiving a mixed reaction from practitioners in the field, with some saying it offers the potential to help address an access to justice crisis but others arguing it could create even more backlog in the system. ... [read more]

Some conditional sentence restrictions struck down in first successful Charter challenge Nader Hasan sm

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

A precedent-setting Ontario Court of Appeal decision striking down some restrictions on conditional sentences appears to open the way again for Charter challenges based on section 15 equality rights, says the lawyer who represented the successful appellant. ... [read more]

SCC rules on disclosure of cabinet documents in judge compensation case Subscriber only content Andromache_Karakatsanis_sm

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 5:38 PM

In two separate decisions involving disputes between provinces and judges over compensation, Canada’s top court has ruled that a cabinet document sought by British Columbia’s judges as ammunition in their fight must stay confidential but that parts of a Nova Scotia cabinet document detailing “government-wide implications” and a “communications plan” could be used to reveal the province failed to meet its obligations when deciding on judges’ salaries. ... [read more]

Ottawa reveals new contact tracing app, plans to transition CERB recipients to EI Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 3:20 PM

Ontarians now have the ability to find out if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the contact exposure app, COVID Alert, at his July 31 press conference. ... [read more]

Reports disclose federal judge expenses for first time Subscriber only content Wayne_MacKay_sm

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

For the first time, amounts federally appointed judges are expensing for things such as office equipment, Internet, home security and travel have been made public. The work-related expenses were released July 28 in two separate reports, one from the Supreme Court of Canada with details expenses claimed by its judges and one from the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs (FJA), which did the same for all other federally appointed judges across the country. ... [read more]