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Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

#MeToo at two: Has anything changed? | Janice Rubin

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel on TVO. The discussion centred on what had changed in the two years since the #MeToo movement had begun. Much to my surprise, I seemed to be the sole voice on the panel who thought that the needle on the sexual harassment dial had moved at all. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 1:35 PM

Increasing access to justice through lawyer education | Pamela Cross

As I mentioned in my remarks when I received the Guthrie Award recently, there has been little attention paid to ensuring that lawyers — particularly family law lawyers — are educated about the issue of family violence. This creates a significant barrier to access to justice for families where violence has been a factor. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Access to Justice Week panel stresses importance of education for legal community on Indigenous justice L-R Delia Opekokew, Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin, Beverly Jacobs, and Dianne Corbiere

Education for everyone who works in the Canadian legal system, from corrections to judges, is “the key” to creating change for Indigenous justice, a panel at Access to Justice (A2J) Week said. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Battling delays, gridlock in criminal justice system Prisoner behind bars

Police report crime in Canada based on the Crime Severity Index, an index which includes all Criminal Code and federal statute offences, increased for the fourth consecutive year since 2014. Over two million reports of Criminal Code incidents, with the exclusion of the Highway Traffic Act ones, were reported in 2018, about 69,800 more incidents than in 2017. The increase in the Crime Severity Index indicates more cases will be before the courts. Systemic delays in the Canadian Superior Courts of Justice will most probably follow into the courts of justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Whole new look at limitation periods in family law Calendar with pencil

In Ontario, is there an irrefutable presumption that a domestic contract is valid if not set aside within two years from when a claim ought to have been discovered? The case of F.K. v. E.A., 2019 ONSC 3707 suggests such a conclusion. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

Gowling to contribute $125,000 to Pro Bono Ontario

Gowling WLG has made a five-year $125,000 commitment to Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), kicking off the charity’s #InvestInJustice campaign. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Law Society of Ontario reduces annual fees, accepts Rosenthal’s return despite objections Teresa Donnelly sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a “streamlined” budget for 2020, which Audit and Finance Committee chair Teresa Donnelly called “responsible.” The budget reduces the lawyer and paralegal annual fees and it keeps the regulator on track to replenish the compensation fund, which took a hit in the middle of the past decade. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Twitter town hall to explore access to justice in B.C. B.C. Chief Justice Robert Bauman

A pair of B.C. judicial heavyweights will be lending their voice to the conversation about access to justice Mon., Oct. 28 as the provincial court hosts a Twitter town hall to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the justice system in the province. ... [read more]