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Access to Justice


Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Downey committed to expansion of Unified Family Court, unveils changes to LAO duty counsel Doug Downey sm FDRIO Conference

Expansion of the United Family Court (UFC), a smooth transition during amendments to the Divorce Act, and changes to Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) duty counsel, were priorities outlined by Ontario’s Attorney General, Doug Downey, at the fifth annual Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) Conference. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Judge, lawyers call for outside review of northern Manitoba bail process Allison Fenske

A lawyer for two Indigenous Manitobans freed of assault charges and awarded costs after being jailed for weeks before being able to seek bail is echoing the judge’s call for an independent review of chronic pretrial dysfunction in the province’s north. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

Results in B.C. law society election mandate to increase access to justice efforts, says bencher Brook Greenberg

With the bencher table at the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) set for the next two years, incumbents are saying the recent election results reflect a mandate to continue the work the law society has been doing on access to justice, mental health and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 9:09 AM

Supreme Court to settle constitutional turf war between federal, provincial judges in Quebec Sonia_LeBel

Quebec is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a successful constitutional challenge by the judges of the Quebec Superior Court to the province’s power to raise from $70,000 to just below $85,000 the exclusive monetary jurisdiction of Quebec’s provincial court — a move which the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled unconstitutionally trenches on the superior court’s core general jurisdiction to resolve “substantial” civil disputes under s. 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Bumping up small claims court limit streamlines access to justice small_dollar_sm

As business costs and daily living expenses increase along with a growing population, the number of claims and the money being claimed by litigants in civil proceedings has been drastically on the rise. In response to this the Ontario government has recently announced that it will be increasing the amount litigants can claim in the Ontario small claims court from $25,000 to $35,000 on Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 3:33 PM

Windsor pro bono students launch trans ID clinic, expand on Toronto pilot Ryan Markesic sm

The Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) chapter at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is launching its own clinic to assist trans people who want to change their ID. “As Canadians, it’s almost impossible to do anything if you don’t have proper ID,” explained Ryan Markesic, the PBSC program co-ordinator who will be overseeing the trans ID clinic. ... [read more]

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

Family bar warns of injustice after Divisional Court blocks most appeals of flawed interim support orders Gary Joseph

Ontario family law lawyers say a rule change or other fix may be needed after a controversial Ontario Divisional Court judgment that clamps down hard on applications to appeal temporary orders in family law cases. Counsel are raising concerns that more clients than before will suffer for months, or even years, under onerous temporary support rulings that are arguably (or obviously) legally flawed, but can’t be appealed following the Divisional Court’s Nov. 8 written endorsement in Lokhandwala v. Khan 2019 ONSC 6346. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Interpreting Bill C-75, Youth Criminal Justice Act Unchainedman

The government of Canada introduced Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which received royal assent on June 21, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. legal clinic funding aimed at improving access to justice Josh Paterson, Law Foundation of British Columbia

The government of B.C. is committing $2 million to fully fund eight legal clinics across the province, money which will be dedicated to enhancing access for people on issues of poverty law, disability, tenancy and immigration. Each clinic will receive a grant of up to $250,000 to hire lawyers and other staff such as legal assistants or paralegals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

Seeking compensation for wrongful deaths in B.C. HighwayofDeath.jpg

Respect for the dignity of the individual human being is the fundamental value underlying the assertion of rights in Canada. It is the basis for the rights to life, liberty, security of the person and equality under the law as articulated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As expressed further in its foundational law, Canada strives to be a fair and just society.   ... [read more]