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Chief justice’s remarks spark debate over mandatory pro bono for lawyers
Raymond Adlington
Canadian Bar Association president Raymond Adlington says ‘adequate’ government funding for legal aid and the justice system — not requiring lawyers to work for free — ‘is the solution to our access to justice challenge.’

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Raymond Adlington says he does not agree with Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner that it would be “very good” if lawyers were required to do some free legal work in order to help alleviate court backlogs and improve the public’s access to justice. ... [read more]

Problems with judge’s answer to jury prompts new trial in B.C. murder case

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

In trials dealing with serious criminal charges, the words in a judge’s jury instructions are as important as the actions jurors are asked to consider in determining the degree of culpability of an accused, as a recent British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling revealed. In R. v. Williams 2019 BCCA 49, a three-judge panel of the appellate court ordered a new trial for Kenneth Bryson Williams, who was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder on Nov. 3, 2016 ... [read more]

No jail in case of alcohol-induced psychosis shows ‘flexibility’ of courts, says lawyer Subscriber only content Mark_Knox_sm

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

An Appeal Court’s decision to spare a remorseful university student jail time for barging into strangers’ apartments while in a violent state of drunken delirium underlines the importance of restorative justice for exceptional circumstances, says a lawyer. ... [read more]