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Access to Justice


Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

B.C. seeks public input as it drafts new accessibility law Karla Verschoor, Inclusion BC

The British Columbia government is asking the public for help to define future legislation on accessibility and inclusivity. The consultation is aimed at creating legislation to help create a “barrier-free” B.C. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Changes to Family Law Rules a start, but more needed | Tammy Law

On Sept. 1, significant changes to Ontario’s Family Law Rules came into force. Among those changes were long-awaited refinements to rules relating to the use of expert evidence in trials and motions, including mandatory disclosure of documents to accompany a report, restrictions on testimony and modified rules for participant experts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

Without a warrant: Police use popular family tree genealogy sites to solve murder cases | Laurelly Dale

Collect evidence now, ask questions later. That is the approach of police and FBI in the U.S. using GEDmatch, a DNA data collection site that combines results from the popular 23andMe and Ancestry sites. The site was praised for helping solve the mystery of the Golden State serial killer. Before any courts can weigh in, the police have used GEDmatch in 60 cold cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

Students can still appear in summary conviction matters after B.C. amends law

B.C. has followed in Ontario’s footsteps to ensure students will continue to be able to act on summary conviction matters. An order-in-council by the provincial lieutenant-governor, which came into effect Sept. 19, allows articling students, temporary articling students and students who are participating in law clinics and programs to appear as agents under s. 802.1(c) of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Legal cross-fertilization at Supreme Court of Canada: Recent trends | Lawrence David

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) gives Canadians many reasons to be proud of its important work. For one, Canadians can boast about their Supreme Court being the only bilingual and bijuridical apex judicial institution in the world. Appeals are heard in English and French and, reflecting Canada’s legal diversity, from both the common law and civil law traditions. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

A conversation with Beverley McLachlin

Please join the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada and chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, in a live (and lively) one-hour webinar conversation with The Lawyer’s Daily Ottawa bureau chief Cristin Schmitz about what consumers, lawyers, legal regulators and governments can do to overcome the barriers to accessing justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Legal hotline for UofT students a ‘reminder of the rule of law,’ professor says

The National Security Student Hotline created for University of Toronto (UofT) students who have been approached by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) serves as a deterrent, an educational tool and a reminder of the rule of law, a law professor involved with the hotline’s launch has said. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Legal aid, auto insurance among areas of focus for new B.C. bar association president CBABC president Ken Armstrong

The new president of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says there is a crisis in the provincial legal aid system that is seeing too many people miss out on the proper supports they need. Ken Armstrong, who took office as CBABC president Sept. 1 after previously serving as vice-president and secretary-treasurer, said the CBABC “needs to continue to keep pressure on the government” on legal aid. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 12:22 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

Federal courts to launch procedural bijuralism pilot project Paul Crampton

An ambitious pilot project to be implemented this fall by the federal courts that will allow for the application of the Quebec Code of Civil Procedure is being lauded by Quebec practitioners as a welcome initiative that may prompt more of them to avail themselves of the federal judicial bodies. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Appeal Court upholds Quebec Superior Court’s civil jurisdiction under Constitution

Quebec’s 157 federally appointed Superior Court judges could find themselves with more cases on their rolls following a recent ruling by the province’s Court of Appeal. ... [read more]