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Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Jessop file: Why has it taken so long? | Bhavan Sodhi

“Why has it taken so long?” is the key question now being asked in relation to the major investigative break announced in the 1984 murder of 9-year-old Christine Jessop. On Oct. 15, 2020 the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) cold case unit, using genetic genealogy, identified Calvin Hoover as the man that they believe killed the young girl. This long awaited and stunning news comes 36 years after the murder and 25 years after Guy Paul Morin’s exoneration and acquittal for Jessop’s killing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Current model of lawyering unequally distributes legal power in society, scholar says Joshua_Sealy-Harrington

Substantive change is required in the legal system — and legal education — to meaningfully address access to justice and systemic racism. That was the message from scholars who spoke on an Oct. 26 panel set up as part of Access to Justice Week. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 11:14 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

New student-run pro bono animal law clinic victory for access to justice | Victoria Shroff

Access to justice for animals in B.C. just got a boost. In a Canadian legal first, the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) in Vancouver has launched a brand new animal law pro bono clinic (ALCP) aimed at low-income individuals who have animal law cases such as “dangerous” or “aggressive” dogs, human rights issues involving animals, animals in tenancy issues and more. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Better ways of giving self-reps access to justice | Gary Joseph

Once again Nicholas Bala, with the assistance of Rachel Birnbaum, has brought informed and evidence-based information to the profession. Rather than antidotal or unsubstantiated “gossip,” Bala, professor at the faculty of law, Queen’s University and Birnbaum, professor of social work, King’s University College at Western, have provided us with empirical data on the continual and expanding presence of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Transitioning from ‘right to litigate’ to ‘right to legal resources’ | Upama Poudyal

The legitimacy, effectiveness and justness of the decision-making process in court rely on the accused being able to understand the case against them, and subsequently, be able to provide an adequate defence to the Crown. However, given the increasing costs of retaining legal counsel, many Canadians lack the means to afford the services of a lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 3:23 PM

New Ontario virtual criminal case management court locations announced

The Ontario Court of Justice announced it will continue rolling out virtual criminal case management courts over the balance of October and through November, with appearances being conducted by videoconference or audioconference. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Legal helping hand needed in uncertain times | Meena Ansari

At the top of my law school application, I wrote out the hope of who I wanted to be: “A strong voice for those who have been overlooked by Canadian society.” ... [read more]