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Bar calls for limited release of prison inmates, immigration detainees to stop spread of COVID-19
Ravi Jain
On behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, national immigration law section chair Ravi Jain asked Ottawa to coordinate with provincial and territorial officials to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 plan for all prisons and immigration detention facilities.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Ottawa should release from detention, to the extent consistent with public safety, prison inmates and immigration detainees, says the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), which warns of a potentially “explosive situation” in enclosed institutional settings and “dire” consequences if people remain locked up to together as usual. ... [read more]

Misapprehension of evidence in sex assault case a miscarriage of justice: Ontario Appeal Court Lea Scardicchio

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

In a case that Ontario Court of Appeal Justice David Paciocco described as “uncommon” involving a trial judge who “misapprehended evidence that was critical to his decision to convict,” Justice Paciocco and colleagues Justices Lois Roberts and Alison Harvison Young recently set aside an Ontario Court judge’s guilty verdict and ordered a new trial for a man convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting his wife. ... [read more]

Articling student launches legal tech collaboration site in the wake of COVID-19 Egi_Troka_sm

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 11:50 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired an articling student in Toronto to launch an initiative to bring lawyers and innovators together to collaborate on legal tech systems that can continue to function during a crisis. ... [read more]

New N.S. pension regulations take effect in April Subscriber only content Level Chan

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 3:21 PM

Effective April 1, 2020, a new pension funding framework will come into force in Nova Scotia. The intent, according to Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey, is to stabilize contribution requirements for employers while maintaining the security of benefits for plan members under the provincial Pensions Benefit Act. ... [read more]

Relating facts to law in jury instruction ‘issue’ courts must continue to deal with, lawyers say Subscriber only content Michael_Lacy_sm

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 11:22 AM

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a first-degree murder case because the trial judge’s instructions to the jury were “simply inadequate” and missed the “fundamental purpose,” which was to “assist the jury.” In R. v. Barreira 2020 ONCA 218, the court heard that the appellants, Brandon Barreira, Joshua Barreira and Chad Davidson, all appealed their convictions of first-degree murder in the shooting of Tyler Johnson. ... [read more]