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Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 11:52 AM - Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Upside to Legal Aid Ontario changes | Sam Goldstein

Changes to how Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pays for bail hearings is an improvement to access to justice in Ontario. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Researchers to follow legal aid clients for year-long access to justice research project Trevor_Farrow_sm

An advocacy group for justice reform is being given a grant to launch a study in which people will be shadowed to examine the long-term impacts of difficulties in accessing legal help for civil and family disputes. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ), a not-for-profit based out of Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School, will receive $25,000 from the Law Foundation of Ontario to start the year-long research project, which will begin in late spring of 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Pros, cons of making cannabis record suspension automatic Manlookingoutkeytofreedom.jpg

Legalization of cannabis has left those with past cannabis possession charges in an unfair situation. There have been numerous attempts to address this issue. Recently, the government of Canada introduced Bill C-93 which proposes to allow Canadians who have been previously convicted only of simple cannabis possession to apply for a record suspension with no application fee or wait period, once their sentence has been served. Moreover, there have been discussions if cannabis record suspension can be made automatic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

Nova Scotia lawyer Murray receives Access to Justice Award

Lawyer R. Gordon Murray received the 2019 J. Michael MacDonald Access to Justice Award from the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

Creators of novel Gladue database hope it becomes widely used after free access Melanie_Hodges_Neufeld_sm

A database for researching Gladue principles in Saskatchewan is now free and open to all, and those behind the first-of-its-kind initiative are hoping such a thing will catch on in other jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Animals: Family at home, property at court | Victoria Shroff

In the first week of June I had the privilege to be part of the biggest Canadian academic conference of the year taking place in Vancouver on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, my alma mater. The huge event for academics is called Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal highlights ‘procedural errors’ in unlawful inmate transfer Jared Craig sm

The Alberta Court of Appeal ruled the involuntary transfer of an inmate to a maximum security prison, after he was implicated in a drug smuggling investigation, was “unlawful” due to procedural unfairness. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Big gaps in judicial selection process | Alexander Gay

There is concern in society with the diversity of representation on the judiciary, and rightfully so. The composition of the judiciary must be reflective of society if it is to dispense justice in a manner that responds to society. A judiciary that is not representative is a judiciary that loses legitimacy. In reaching these goals, Ontario’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAAC), the body that supports the provincial government in the appointment of judges, has adopted a number of nomenclatures to assess the progress that it has made in promoting diversity. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal shuts many out | Michael Lesage

Access to justice is increasingly an issue in Ontario. Over tea and crumpets, posh debating societies have determined it to be serious enough to warrant discussions and committees. Meanwhile, judges have spoken out, warning that justice is increasingly available only to the rich and that our “fossilized Jurassic Park” of a legal system is at risk of becoming an “irrelevant museum piece.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]