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Access to Justice


Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Trans people in prison: Nova Scotia’s approach two prisoners

A panel on transgender people and prisons took place during Halifax Pride, intended to help lawyers better serve trans clients remanded or sentenced to provincial custody in Nova Scotia and promote understanding of some issues trans people face in the prison system. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

CBA announces funding for eight initiatives

The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) Law for the Future Fund (LFFF) of eight initiatives involving everything from legal literacy to an examination of who in Canada is stateless, and why. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Ontario’s top judges unite in defence of legal aid, pro bono (L-R) Frank Marrocco, Geoffrey Morawetz, George Strathy, Lise Maisonneuve sm

The chief justices from Ontario’s top three courts banded together on Sept. 10 at the opening of the courts to stress the importance of legal aid, pro bono and the need for the courts to control their own resources. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

High time Canada banned cosmetic testing on animals | Victoria Shroff

Twenty-seven European Union countries have already banned cosmetic testing on animals and this was done over a decade ago. Canada could have been number 40 on the world list to ban animal testing for the sake of beauty products, but it wasn’t. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

Law Foundation of Ontario honours lawyer for access to justice work

The Law Foundation of Ontario announced that Pamela Cross is the 2019 recipient of the Guthrie Award, the foundation’s signature award to recognize exceptional access to justice champions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Defence lawyers’ group not happy with end to ‘trier’ jury selection Michael_Lacy_sm

Contrary to Justice Canada, a voice for criminal defence lawyers says the impending elimination of “triers” to weed out biased jurors and the handing over of that job to judges will further bog down the courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 3:25 PM

Access to justice fund named after former chief justice McLachlin launched

A new fund created to honour the legacy of Canada’s longest-serving chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, was launched on Sept. 10. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

In Callidus Capital, SCC looks at litigation funding | Julius Melnitzer

With the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear the appeal in 9354-9186 Québec inc., et al. v. Callidus Capital Corporation 2018 QCCA 632, litigation funding will for the first time be front and centre at the high court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 11:17 AM

Ontario providing new supports to victims of crime

The Ontario government on Sept. 6 unveiled new supports to make it easier for victims of violent crime and their families to get the help they need when and where they need it most. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 10:48 AM

Never give your phone to police even as proof of vehicle registration Fingerprint cellphone

Recently, the Ontario government announced that it would permit drivers to carry digital proof of registration for their vehicles. This would mean that any time a police officer stopped a vehicle and asked for proof of a licence, insurance and registration, the driver could simply hand over their phone to the officer to satisfy the registration requirement. ... [read more]