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Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 8:49 AM

Big gaps in judicial selection process | Alexander Gay

There is concern in society with the diversity of representation on the judiciary, and rightfully so. The composition of the judiciary must be reflective of society if it is to dispense justice in a manner that responds to society. A judiciary that is not representative is a judiciary that loses legitimacy. In reaching these goals, Ontario’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (JAAC), the body that supports the provincial government in the appointment of judges, has adopted a number of nomenclatures to assess the progress that it has made in promoting diversity. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal shuts many out | Michael Lesage

Access to justice is increasingly an issue in Ontario. Over tea and crumpets, posh debating societies have determined it to be serious enough to warrant discussions and committees. Meanwhile, judges have spoken out, warning that justice is increasingly available only to the rich and that our “fossilized Jurassic Park” of a legal system is at risk of becoming an “irrelevant museum piece.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

Dispatches from the family law sector: Limited Scope Retainer | Anita Lerek

According to York University law professor, Trevor Farrow, “Almost half (48.4 per cent) of Canadians over 18 will experience at least one civil or family justice problem over any given three-year period.” (Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report.) ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

LAO cost-cutting, rising rent hitting Toronto’s Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic hard, says director Avvy_Go_sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has forsaken its “stated principle” of reducing the impact of budget cuts on “racialized” groups in its freezing of support to an Asian legal clinic now having to cut staff, curtail services and move due to rising rent, says the clinic’s director. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Possibly unconstitutional | Shiva Bakhtiary

The Ontario provincial government has called on the federal government to cover the full cost of refugee and immigration law services. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is now prevented from doing refugee and immigration law with provincial funds. The organization will now have to rely solely on federal funding, which is not nearly enough to cover costs. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

Stop endless debate on SOP at law society Convocation | Omar Ha-Redeye

Most lawyers in Canada don’t know or care much about what Convocation is. Effectively, it is the business meeting of the elected benchers of the law society, where decisions are made about the governance of the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Why facial recognition technology is racist, invasive, dangerous facialrecognitionfemale.jpg

As we turn to face the future of law enforcement, here are some of the reasons we need to be concerned about facial recognition tools, like the ones the Toronto Police Service has been using for more than a year. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Mercer re-elected as treasurer, hopes LSO will ‘work together’ in public interest Malcolm Mercer sm 2

The Law Society of Ontario has re-elected Malcolm Mercer as treasurer for a second term. Fifty-three ballots were cast in the vote, with 31 votes going to Mercer and 22 going to Chi-Kun Shi. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Law societies’ policies for access to justice failure | Ken Chasse

Law societies appear to be powerless to serve the public interest by defending lawyers’ markets against three major threats: ... [read more]