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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Proposed increase of judicial appointment list to six candidates informed by consultation, AG says Doug_Downey_sm_new

After further consultation with justice stakeholders, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has released his proposed changes to fill judicial vacancies. These revisions have not been introduced in the legislature yet, and legal organizations are continuing to voice their opinions on what they think will work and what needs to change. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

What coronavirus could mean to jail, bail, lockdowns, release twoprisonersinorange

The outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus, has been well covered in the media. While the risks associated with the outbreak are not as concerning as many other diseases, the fast spread of a novel virus is a cause for concern. Travel has been affected and many large-scale events have been cancelled or rescheduled in a hope to limit the spread of the virus. One of the most common locations being publicized is the outbreak on various cruise ships. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Everything’s interconnected in justice system, lawyers say in response to Alberta budget CBA Alberta president Ola Malik

Alberta’s recent budget funding package for the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General is meeting mixed reactions from observers in the legal community, who are saying the government’s focus on targeting things like rural crime is positive but could have a cascading effect across other sectors of the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Three leaders who embody International Women’s Day | Naomi Sayers

This International Women’s Day, a day started to celebrate women’s global achievements, is Sunday March 8. Sometimes, success and achievements look different for many. For me, success and achievements mean resisting interlocking systems of oppression to achieve greater equality, not just for women but for those who will come after us. Some of the women at the top of my mind during this day include these three inspiring Indigenous women: ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 10:48 AM

Law needs feminism team proves innovative solutions can come from anyone | Manpreet Dhillon

Every individual’s experiences are compelling. These experiences help mould one’s worldview and how they insert themselves in this construct. During the summer months, the all-female executive of the Calgary Women Studying Law Association (CWSLA) discussed curating an experience for our members which reflected our passion for diversity and inclusivity across law schools, the legal profession and the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Costs orders against third-party funders: Promoting accountability giving_coins_sm

Third-party funding in litigation is on the rise, both in Canada and abroad. This is an industry that remains largely unregulated. Unlike other common law jurisdictions, the courts in Canada have yet to pronounce themselves on a wide range of issues that stem from third-party funding, including such things as a court’s ability to award costs against a third-party funder. Arguably, the courts in Canada have painted themselves into a corner by imposing a legal test that makes it difficult to award costs against third-party funders. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Hollywood opens window on race-related Canadian wrongful conviction Breakinghandcuffs.jpg

With the arrival of the new Hollywood film Just Mercy, it appears to be a perfect time to touch on the topic of wrongful conviction. The film puts a spotlight on the story of Bryan Stevenson, the Harvard law trained lawyer who decided to focus a large part of his career on helping individuals who were wrongfully convicted and facing the death penalty. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 1:03 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

Alberta dropping plan for unified family court ‘doesn’t make a whole lot of sense’: lawyer John-Paul Boyd

Alberta’s plan to launch a unified family court (UFC), which would aim to make family law matters easier to navigate for both lawyer and layperson alike, has apparently been suspended by the provincial government, a decision being lamented by members of the family bar in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

Reflections on Family Day | Kurt Sandstrom

Family Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the changing context for families and the ongoing need for family justice systems to grow and develop. We are fortunate to live in a time of greater acceptance and diversity in what families look like and how they are formed.  ... [read more]

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 4:42 PM - Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

SCC affirms First Nations can sue in Quebec for alleged harms to lands straddling N.L., Quebec Richard Wagner

In a groundbreaking private international law judgment concerning the adjudication of constitutionally protected s. 35 Aboriginal rights, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that the Quebec Superior Court does have jurisdiction to decide all the claims brought against two Montreal-based mining companies for alleged harms committed in the traditional territories of two Innu First Nations — even though some of the Innu’s claims relate to land in Newfoundland and Labrador. ... [read more]