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Monday, January 17, 2022 @ 11:21 AM

Prison, a view from inside | David Dorson

Editor’s note: David Dorson is the pen name of someone who went through arrest, case disposition, imprisonment and parole in Ontario a few years ago. The Lawyer’s Daily has granted anonymity because he offers a unique perspective on a subject that matters deeply to many readers, and revealing the author’s identity would make re-establishment in the community after completely serving his sentence much more difficult than it already is. ... [read more]

Monday, January 17, 2022 @ 10:56 AM

‘I can’t afford to hire me’ | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Friday, January 14, 2022 @ 2:40 PM

SCC’s winter term features Charter cases on sentencing, public-interest standing and speedy trials Michael Feder of Vancouver’s McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

As the Supreme Court of Canada’s winter session shifts into high gear this week, 22 interveners are lined up to have their say on the rules governing public interest standing in constitutional or other legislative challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 @ 9:46 AM

Family violence HELP for legal advisers Frightened  Mother and daughter in shadow

Identifying the presence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in a new family law file has never been easy for lawyers, but help has arrived in an important new tool recently released by Justice Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 11:31 AM

When I die bury me by Chuck’s Roadhouse near the 401 | Jeffrey Hartman

“I’m numb from the waist down, feeling sorrow ... [read more]

Friday, January 07, 2022 @ 7:54 AM

Human-centred design starts ‘with people who face the most barriers,’ B.C. tribunal chair says Shannon Salter, chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the legal system, access to justice in an increasingly virtual world has become a prevalent issue. Canada’s first online tribunal, the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) in British Columbia, has been using human-centred design from the start in its approach to resolving disputes. The tribunal’s chair believes that human-centred design can help address access to justice issues if “access to justice” means that “we need to, as a society, provide people with affordable, timely, fair ways for them to resolve everyday legal problems.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 06, 2022 @ 10:42 AM

Additional significant 2021 Ontario employment law decisions Man with telescope

Despite our collective hope that COVID-19 would vanish in 2021, the pandemic continued to dominate every aspect of our lives this past year, including the workplace. However, much like the previous year, in 2021 there were plenty of important employment law key court decisions which were unrelated to the pandemic. The following is the second half of a two-part article on the top five employment law decisions of 2021, the non-COVID edition. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 9:49 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 3:06 PM

Nation’s courts making moves amid omicron spread Manitoba Chief Justice Glenn Joyal

Courts across the country are once again scaling back operations due to the rising case numbers of COVID-19 and the omicron variant. The changes, many of which take hold this week, involve the postponing of trials, the cancelling of in-person appearances and a return to virtual hearings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 05, 2022 @ 8:33 AM

Virtual mediation: What’s past is present Circle of past, present, future

In March 2020, I wrote Mediation by Zoom addresses social distancing, shuttered courtrooms in The Lawyer’s Daily, where I addressed the sudden popularity of online dispute resolution (ODR) due to COVID-19. More specifically, I discussed virtual (or remote) mediation, and offered practical tips to lawyers desperately getting up to speed on a not-so-new technology — while still adjusting to the decline of the fax machine.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 04, 2022 @ 12:39 PM

Significant 2021 Ontario employment law decisions Man with telescope

Despite our collective hope that COVID-19 would vanish in 2021, the pandemic continued to dominate every aspect of our lives this past year, including the workplace. However, much like the previous year, in 2021 there were plenty of important employment law key court decisions which were unrelated to the pandemic. The following is the first half of a two-part article on the top five employment law decisions of 2021, the non-COVID edition. ... [read more]