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Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 9:39 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Investment in access to justice more than pays for itself, report finds Lisa Moore

Every dollar governments spend on programs and services that improve access to justice generates financial benefits equivalent to between $9 and $16, according to a review of research conducted by the Toronto-based Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ). “I didn’t expect to find such a high return — it’s really significant,” said Lisa Moore, director of the non-profit organization, who co-authored the report with Osgoode Hall Law School professor Trevor Farrow. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

Animal law teaching, conferences growing around globe | Victoria Shroff

Interest in animal law along with access to justice for animals is a growing concept. I’ve been appending my hashtag #A2JForAnimals on correspondence where I can. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Ethical obligations on lawyers after Poulin Guy in Cuffs

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered reasons in the case of R. v. Poulin [2019] S.C.J. No. 47. This case dealt with the interpretation of s. 11(i) of the Charter, which provides that an accused person is entitled to seek the lowest punishment available, if the punishment for an offence changes between the time of the offence and the time of sentencing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

LAO seeking nominations for Sidney B. Linden Award

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) announced that it is seeking nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award. The deadline for submission is Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Marriage of family law and technology: A much-needed union Female hands typing on laptop

Technology has become so enmeshed in modern life that citizens engaging with the legal system wonder why the same level of service and convenience is not available. Fortunately, in Ontario, the superior and provincial family courts are implementing new technological processes in order to modernize the system. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants self_represented_sm

Lawyers are all too familiar with the increasing trend of parties representing themselves in court and the problems that this situation presents to their clients, to the self-represented litigants (SRLs) themselves and to the court. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions highlight some of the problems that self-represented litigants face in the court system and how the courts can assist a SRL — without prejudicing the represented litigant — in obtaining not only their day in court but a fair hearing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

B.C. pact recognizes legal aid as essential service, lawyers’ association says Richard Fowler

The B.C. government has announced an agreement to increase legal aid tariff rates and to have more conversations about changes to eligibility and coverage, a deal which the association representing legal aid lawyers in the province is calling unprecedented in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

LSO convocation to vote on Rosenthal resuming position as bencher Jonathan Rosenthal sm

Former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Jonathan Rosenthal will be returning to Convocation, pending a vote to elect him as the next eligible candidate, to fill the seat left by Orlando Da Silva in September.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | Payton Wood

Equal protection before and under the law is a constitutionally entrenched right and cornerstone of the Canadian justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

First class action clinic seeks to address ‘unmet need,’ director says Jasminka Kalajdzic sm

The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is now home to Canada’s only class action legal clinic. The clinic’s director and Windsor law professor, Jasminka Kalajdzic, said the goal is to “build public confidence in the class action regime and better fulfil the access to justice of class actions.” ... [read more]