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Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

LSO approves framework for offering legal services through charities Susan_McGrath_sm

In an effort to improve access to justice, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a regulatory framework for legal professionals to deliver services through registered civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities or not-for-profit corporations, which will come into effect April 1. Convocation passed a motion for policy changes to implement the framework on Feb. 28 after Susan McGrath, chair of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) working group, presented the final report on the matter. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

B.C. Law Society benchers decide on pro bono, paralegal issues

Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) decided against allowing pro bono work to count toward professional development credit and struck a task force to look at what role paralegals can play in addressing unmet legal needs at their most recent meeting. During the March 1 meeting, benchers approved the lawyer education advisory committee’s recommendation that the law society not recognize pro bono work as eligible for continuing professional development (CPD) credit. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

New Manitoba court for offenders with fetal alcohol syndrome called ‘game changer’ Lori_Van_Dongen_sm

A new Manitoba sentencing court for offenders with fetal alcohol disorders will mean better access to justice for a widespread number of those with the condition — particularly those coming from the province’s Indigenous population, legal minds say. The court will be in Winnipeg and could be up and running by the end of March, according to both a judge and lawyer who have long advocated for increased supports for those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

New trademark act heralds dramatic change, fee increases Book&goldenkey

With June 17, 2019, quickly approaching, the new Canadian Trade-marks Act is about to dramatically change the brand protection landscape. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judges make YouTube video to demystify court process for newcomers, teens Samuel_Moreau_sm

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube video of a common courtroom scenario in efforts to soothe the fears of newcomers and young people when brought before the bench. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

Nova Scotia launches revamped, expanded law reform institute

Last year, the Nova Scotia government quietly shuttered the doors of the province’s law reform commission after nearly three decades. This year rising from those legal ashes is the Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia. It will mirror its predecessor and stand apart. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Family law bears brunt of access to justice burden Marriagebreakup_sm.jpg

Family law is the one area of law that affects the most number of Canadians. The reality is that roughly one-half of all marriages and common law relationships result in separation and divorce. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 6:43 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

B.C. bar association president ‘hesitantly optimistic’ about pledge to fund new legal clinics Margaret Mereigh, president, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC)

The B.C. government announced plans to establish legal clinics across the province in its most recent budget, but details are scarce about their location or what areas of law they will provide services in. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Chief justice’s remarks spark debate over mandatory pro bono for lawyers  Raymond Adlington

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]