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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:57 PM

‘Crisis’ in federal correctional institutions due to parole programing backlog, lawyer says Alison Craig, Posner Craig Stein LLP

A parole programming backlog in federal institutions across Canada is creating lengthy delays for inmates eligible for release. Lawyers are raising the alarm over this access to justice issue and calling on the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to clear the backlog. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

End of Roe: Glaring blight on judicial legitimacy, progressive democracy | Ryan Wozniak

The fight over abortion rights in the United States has always been far more political than legal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s scandal-ridden decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade was made not because of evolutions in the principles of constitutional interpretation or after careful judicial deliberation, but simply because one group of justices had secured more votes than the other. The court’s granting of certiorari in Dobbs was a Trojan Horse: once in the building, the new majority of highly conversative Trump-appointed justices could finally slay the beast they had been chasing for decades. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 2:07 PM

Murder case decision shows automatism panic uncalled for Shadowyfigure

When the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in R. v. Brown 2022 SCC 18, there was widespread outrage that the floodgates had been opened and that the automatism defence would become common whenever a case involved self-induced intoxication. Such a panicked response was uncalled for, I have argued before. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 8:05 AM

Amber and Johnny and Z | Gabriel Latner

I wish I could say I kept my nose entirely out of the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga, but that would be a lie. The combination of star power and apparently incompetent lawyering is irresistible, and so I found myself chuckling along to some of the choice video clips that did the rounds online. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part two | Joan Rataic-Lang

If you read my first article you know that I received a jury summons. I was torn between my responsibility as a citizen vs. the challenges of work and potentially missing some of my planned vacation while sitting on a jury. I know the altruist in all of us would say, absolutely if given the chance you must appear on a jury, but let’s be real. It’s easy to justify why the inconvenience should not apply to me. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 12:25 PM

Report on Quebec legal aid praised, but labour disruptions still planned by private sector lawyers Serge Bernier

An independent panel of experts is calling on the Quebec government to implement without delay a “necessary and urgent” in-depth reform of the legal aid tariff structure for private sector lawyers to bring it in line with today’s realities and the evolution of the practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

The point of mediation is apparently in the eyes of the beholder | AJ Jakubowska

I thank my esteemed colleague, Gary Joseph, for his generous comments at the beginning of his piece entitled “Yes, advocacy and mediation can exist together” (June 8). In it, he was responding to my jaunty tips for undermining mediation even before it starts, appearing earlier in this publication (June 6). I am replying not because it is my nature to insist on having the last word. Rather, I am interested in continuing this friendly debate and I invite others, as I am sure does Gary, to contribute further ideas to the topic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 1:12 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 @ 8:09 AM

All’s right with the world: And that’s my problem | Ken Hill

The light went on in my brain when I threw a pass in touch football one day when I was in my early 20s. I happened to be wearing a watch with an expansion bracelet and as my arm swung gracefully and the ball sailed off in a perfect spiral (at least as I remember it), the watch snapped back against my wrist. That was annoying, but I suddenly realized that this had occurred because, like everyone else, I wore my watch on my left wrist. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 8:35 AM

Newfoundland decision proves extortion can involve more than money Puppetstrings

We’ve all been wronged. It’s quite common that many of us have issued civil suits or threatened to do so in order to obtain redress for damage to our property or reputation. That is how our laws expect we will react. However, if we do not get redress, frustration builds. Sometimes one might even consider extortion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 8:34 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part one | Joan Rataic-Lang

Today I have to appear at the local courthouse, in response to my third jury summons. The first time I was called, I had a trip planned, and was able to send them a copy of the flight itinerary, and I was deferred. That means I was still on the list and should expect a summons again. I got one, for late March 2020. COVID-19 and the shutdown of the court system in Ontario took care of that. I got my last summons a month or so ago and wondered about my fate. ... [read more]