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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]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Access to justice, diversity likely among issues to face new B.C. benchers, president says

With the vote underway to elect a new slate of benchers to govern the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), observers are noting that the successful candidates will be facing a number of challenges as they look to guide the law society over the next two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

New SCC clerkship interview process: Equity and sound public administration | Lawrence David

Cambridge doctoral student Paul Warchuk messaged me this morning with the following news: ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Access to Justice: A2J Week about innovation, collaboration, action | Beverley McLachlin

The end of October marked the celebration of Access to Justice Week in three Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. I was pleased to be able to join Ontario’s justice sector leaders for part of their deliberations on the future of access to justice in Ontario and to follow the activities in the other provinces, albeit from a distance. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

Concerns regarding proposed amendments to Nova Scotia Fatality Investigations Act manindarkcell

In August of this year Greg Hiles died while in custody in the East Coast Forensic Hospital (ECFH) in Nova Scotia. He had been determined to be not criminally responsible (NCR), meaning he was indefinitely confined until found to be sufficiently mentally well by the Criminal Review Board. This means Hiles’ release, and the release of anyone found NCR, is dependant upon receiving effective treatment of their underlying mental illness. ... [read more]