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Access to Justice


Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

B.C. task force looking at unmet legal need and where paralegals can help Trudi Brown, Brown Henderson Melbye

The chair of the Law Society of B.C.’s licensed paralegal task force said things are progressing slowly but surely as it works to fulfil its mandate to identify opportunities for the delivery of services by paralegals in areas where there is unmet legal need. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Re-establishing B.C.’s Human Rights Commission, one year later | Kurt Sandstrom

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Premier John Horgan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to re-establish a human rights commission in British Columbia. At the time, B.C. was the only province in Canada without a human rights commission, the previous commission having been dismantled in 2002. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Agency seeks input on Manitoba’s lack of laws on unclaimed property

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is seeking feedback on whether the province should adopt legislation to deal with unclaimed bonds, securities, insurance and other forms of intangible personal property left abandoned, forgotten or intestate. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

B.C. family law reform proposals aimed at less adversarial system, smaller burden on courts Wesley Shields, FH&P Lawyers

The government of British Columbia is considering a significant revamp of how family matters are dealt with in provincial court, with an eye to making the system less adversarial and easier to navigate, as well as helping to ensure actions can be resolved before taking the big step of going before a judge. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

An ironic day, in week of coincidences | John MacMillan

December 9 has become an ironic day for me. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

New Quebec impaired punishment does not fit crime | Kyla Lee

The Quebec government has recently enacted legislation that would require repeat impaired driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, for life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

Panel applauds Divorce Act changes that highlight mediation, best interests of child Claire Faird, Nicholas Bala, Rachel Birnbaum, Lorne Wolfson sm

Family justice experts at the fifth annual Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) Conference lauded amendments to the Divorce Act, which they say signal a “cultural shift” in best interest of the child duties as well as an emphasis on mediation. ... [read more]

Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Administrative adjudicators can be removed from cases that are in deliberation, court rules Jöel Roy

In an unusually public and legal tiff between two arbiters of Quebec’s disciplinary process, Quebec Superior Court ruled that the chair of Quebec’s disciplinary council of presidents has the power to remove cases, even in deliberation, from administrative adjudicators who take too long to render judgment. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 9:16 AM

BC Law Institute director stepping down in May

The board of the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) announced that executive director Kathleen Cunningham will be stepping down at the end of May 2020 to pursue new opportunities.  ... [read more]