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Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

New trademark act heralds dramatic change, fee increases Book&goldenkey

With June 17, 2019, quickly approaching, the new Canadian Trade-marks Act is about to dramatically change the brand protection landscape. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judges make YouTube video to demystify court process for newcomers, teens Samuel_Moreau_sm

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube video of a common courtroom scenario in efforts to soothe the fears of newcomers and young people when brought before the bench. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

A history of access to justice | Sam Goldstein

What the term access to justice means has evolved over time since it first became an issue in the early 1970s to describe the growing concern that class should not be a barrier to obtaining legal advice from a lawyer on how to assert your legal rights. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

Nova Scotia launches revamped, expanded law reform institute

Last year, the Nova Scotia government quietly shuttered the doors of the province’s law reform commission after nearly three decades. This year rising from those legal ashes is the Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia. It will mirror its predecessor and stand apart. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Family law bears brunt of access to justice burden Marriagebreakup_sm.jpg

Family law is the one area of law that affects the most number of Canadians. The reality is that roughly one-half of all marriages and common law relationships result in separation and divorce. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 6:43 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

B.C. bar association president ‘hesitantly optimistic’ about pledge to fund new legal clinics Margaret Mereigh, president, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC)

The B.C. government announced plans to establish legal clinics across the province in its most recent budget, but details are scarce about their location or what areas of law they will provide services in. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Chief justice’s remarks spark debate over mandatory pro bono for lawyers  Raymond Adlington

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Raymond Adlington says he does not agree with Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner that it would be “very good” if lawyers were required to do some free legal work in order to help alleviate court backlogs and improve the public’s access to justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

B.C. legal community questions changes to ICBC policy limiting number of expert witnesses Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

The B.C. government is moving to change court rules to limit the number of expert witnesses in motor vehicle cases, but the move is being condemned by some in the legal community, who say it will restrict the rights of individual British Columbians. The amendments to the B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules Regulation, revealed Feb. 11, will limit the number of experts and expert reports permitted to address the issue of damages, such as wage loss, future wage loss and future care that can be used by each side of a motor vehicle dispute. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Chief Justice Wagner, I can’t afford to help my community | Elsa Ascencio

Recently Chief Justice Richard Wagner granted an interview to The Lawyer’s Daily. The headline read, “Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI.” ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 5:18 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 5:48 PM

Charter challenge to Parole Board’s post-release conditions was impermissible collateral attack: SCC Leif Jensen

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled for the first time on how the rule against collateral attacks on administrative orders applies to an accused’s claim that the administrative order violates the Charter. On Feb. 8, the top court unanimously dismissed the appeal of Spencer Dean Bird, a long-term offender with a track record of more than 60 offences, including crimes of violence involving weapons, as well as numerous failed conditional releases: R. v. Bird 2019 SCC 7. ... [read more]