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Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 12:17 PM

Manitoba increases eligibility age for fetal alcohol justice program Lori_Van_Dongen

Praise is being given to Manitoba’s government for expanding a specialized justice program to include young adult offenders with fetal alcohol disorders. On Sept. 30, the province announced the launch of a three-year pilot project that will provide assessments and diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in offenders between the ages of 18 and 25. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to justice amid COVID-19 Businessmantiedup

The justice system is similar to having only one place in your city that serves food, and it happens to be an expensive, exclusive restaurant. If your rights are at stake (read: steak, if you like puns) that is, you need to eat — your only option is this one restaurant with a cost-prohibitive menu of legal options. You can’t eat (or enforce your rights), if you can’t afford to pay. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 3:46 PM

Dean stresses access to justice as Ontario’s newest law school officially launches Ryerson opening

As Toronto’s first new law school in more than a century celebrated its official opening, founding dean Donna Young declared that Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is ready to engage with the most challenging legal issues of our time — including those highlighted by the pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

What Snowbirds decision reveals about Canadian health care traveller

Doug Ford’s losing streak in the Ontario courts continues, with the decision in Canadian Snowbirds Assn. Inc. v. Ontario (Attorney General) [2020] O.J. No. 4036, released on Sept. 25. The Divisional Court ordered the Ontario government to restore health insurance coverage for people who face medical emergencies while travelling outside of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 3:15 PM

Saskatchewan court to offer binding civil, family pretrials

In a bid to save litigants time and money, Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench will be offering binding pretrial conferences for civil and family law cases for those unable to reach an agreement. According to a Sept. 30 news release, this is a voluntary “supplement” to the existing pretrial conference and involves a judge making a final decision in cases where feuding parties are at an impasse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society approves action on paralegals, fee reductions at September bencher meeting Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) faced a full table of issues at its most recent bencher meeting, endorsing a proposal on the role of paralegals and moving to reduce fees for individuals most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 3:13 PM

Why I support the proposed family law services provider licence | Michelle Lomazzo

Facilitating access to justice is one of the key roles of the Law Society of Ontario. Soon, benchers will vote to transform access to legal services in family law for the people of Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Appeal Court case shows uneven playing field for unrepresented appellants, say lawyers Christen Cole sm

Faced with a relentless rise in self-represented litigants, two criminal defence lawyers are questioning why the process of obtaining state-funded legal representation for impoverished clients seeking to appeal their convictions remains so difficult — and is often further complicated by the Crown. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 11:35 AM

Singularity and the law | Jerry Levitan

“Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]