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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Police reform no panacea for racism in Canada | Jeffrey Hartman

News media is awash these days with calls for police reform in response to the killing of black men. These killings, of course, are not new phenomena but the extent of the backlash, while long present to a lesser degree, is. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

Judicial responsibility towards those self-representing from segregation Handonprisonbar

On May 5, 2020, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal released its decision overturning Justice Peter Rosinski’s dismissal of Maurice Pratt’s habeas corpus application. On appeal, Pratt was represented by Claire McNeil (Pratt v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General) 2020 NSCA 39). ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Tribunal Watch Ontario concerned over shortage of adjudicators, possible shift to written submissions

Marion Overholt has seen the frustration on the faces of her clients. The executive director of Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW) frequently helps low-income clients in critical, sometimes life-altering cases before Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. But, time and again, matters have been adjourned because of a shortage of adjudicators. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

Lack of juror support adds to uncertain future for jury trials, says founder of commission Mark Farrant sm

As some judicial leaders question the future of civil juries, one jurors advocate is warning that the impact of COVID-19 could leave Canadian courts with a severe shortage of jurors when in-person trials resume, unless provinces provide improved support. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the second of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Task force aims to help modernize justice system and role of advocates Guy Pratte

Some of Canada’s greatest legal minds are coming together to contemplate the future of the country’s justice system beyond COVID-19. The Modern Advocacy Task Force, officially launched June 9 by The Advocates’ Society, will be made up of members from across the country and guided by a blue-ribbon advisory panel that will include former chief justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Supreme Court of Canada justices Ian Binnie, Thomas Cromwell, Marie Deschamps, Clément Gascon, John C. Major and Marshall Rothstein. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 8:48 AM

Matrimonial homes and right of first refusal familyhome_fight_sm

Once again, the issue of the disposition of a matrimonial home has found its way to the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Barry v. Barry 2020 ONCA 321. I find this surprising in that the same court in 1992 clearly articulated its view on a very similar if not identical issue in Martin v. Martin 8 O.R. (3d) 41. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

Focus: Diversity and Inclusion Diversity and Inclusion

LexisNexis supports equality for all under the law, transparency of law, an independent judiciary and accessible legal remedy. Our 10,000 people work to advance that mission everyday, to build a culture of inclusion, fairness and mutual respect. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 1:06 PM

COVID-19 poses access to justice hurdles for accused in Alberta custody Barbedwire

Like the rest of Canada, Alberta’s provincial courts and the Court of Queen’s Bench made drastic changes to their operations when health authorities directed suspension of regular business activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since March 17 of this year, judges in provincial courts have only heard cases according to schedule if an accused was in custody. ... [read more]