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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Legal aid paralegals not qualified to handle risky refugee cases: lawyer Alastair_Clarke_sm

Manitoba’s legal aid office should increase what it pays immigration lawyers rather than have staff paralegals act for refugee claimants in potential “life or death cases,” says a lawyer opposed to the planned pilot project. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 6:24 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Incoming Alberta law society president-elect highlights articling, access to justice as challenges Kent Teskey, Alberta Law Society president-elect

The incoming president-elect of the Law Society of Alberta is looking to address rapid change in the legal profession and ensuring lawyers are properly trained to meet modern challenges after he takes on the mantle of leadership in February. Kent Teskey of Edmonton’s Pringle Chivers Sparks takes over from current president-elect Rob Armstrong in February and then takes the top job in 2020. He has served as a bencher since 2015. He said he decided to seek the top job after becoming involved in the legal aid system in Alberta, in which the law society has a governance role. ... [read more]

Monday, January 07, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Ombudsman not protecting rights of taxpayers tax_bombs_sm

Although not an actual law as it is in the United States, the Taxpayer “Bill of Rights” sets out 16 rights, eight of which are within the mandate of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman’s office. ... [read more]

Friday, January 04, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Addressing systemic racism in legal profession | Angelique EagleWoman

In the legal profession, we are often concerned about access to justice and ensuring equal justice for all. For Indigenous peoples, a variety of past policies and attitudes impact what is experienced today in legal actions and processes. One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is understanding what is systemic racism and how to bring about positive change to realize true justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Website message signals serious access to justice problem | Rachel Goldenberg

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to “meet its service standards.” Despite the HRTO’s mandate to provide timely resolution services, mediations and hearings are being booked months in advance, and mediations and hearings that were scheduled months ago are now being rescheduled to a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 8:21 AM

Skyrocketing law school tuition fees disrupting access to justice studentwithdebt_sm.jpg

There is a common misconception that going to law school is a guaranteed path to financial success. In 2018, the reality is that many law students graduate with more than $100,000 in debt without any guarantee that they will find a well-paid articling position or a job in the future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

The civility of judges and the rule of law | Alexander Gay

The legal profession does not evolve in isolation. There is growing preoccupation across common law jurisdictions with the civility of judges. This is evidenced by the recent speech of Chief Justice Wagner who very recently expressed concern with the erosion in civility on the bench. The same concerns are being echoed as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Access to justice must start during first contact with police youngmaninjail.jpg

For better or worse, I often view the world through the lens of my criminal clients. The majority of my clients at my office in northwestern Ontario are Aboriginal. Most have not had a fair shake at life. Access to justice does not start by providing them with a lawyer at their first appearance. Access to justice is critical well before they reach court: at detention, arrest and charge. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Access to justice: New models for legal services | Marcus Sixta

There is a crisis in our court system. Legal representation is beyond the reach of many Canadians, especially in the family law courts. ... [read more]