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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 2:59 PM

Former N.S. chief justice joins Stewart McKelvey as counsel

Stewart McKelvey announced that former Nova Scotia chief justice J. Michael MacDonald has joined the firm’s Halifax office as counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

Settlement of legal dispute using B.C.-produced robot mediator called first ever Graham Ross

Although the use of technology and artificial intelligence in the judicial system may conjure up images of Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone, a dispute in the U.K. was recently solved through the use of a system designed by a B.C.-based company in a situation a lawyer involved in the case is calling the first of its kind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

Kim Kardashian makes mockery of practice of law | Jasmine Daya

Kim Kardashian, the daughter of the late Robert Kardashian, an attorney who rose to prominence for his defence of O.J. Simpson during a 1995 murder trial that resulted in an acquittal, announced that she, too, will be a lawyer. (Simpson, a legendary American football hero, was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The murder trial was televised live and the case went on for months.) ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

Mansplaining to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould | Robert Harvie

Brian Greenspan recently published an article in The Globe and Mail, being rather critical of our former justice minister, “Did Jody Wilson-Raybould understand her role as attorney general?” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Wrong side of the bridge: Discriminatory impairment designations for kids moneychartmeds.jpg

The purpose of the June 2016, Catastrophic Impairment — Public Hospitals Guideline, Superintendent’s Guideline No. 01/16 is to provide a list of the public hospitals for which in-patient admittance is one criterion for determining whether an insured child under the age of 18 at the time of the motor vehicle accident (MVA) has a traumatic brain injury. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Early resolution for family matters | Kurt Sandstrom

On May 13, the B.C. provincial court and the Ministry of Attorney General will launch the Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Model. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Difference between lawyers, paralegals | Sam Goldstein

It’s interesting during this bencher election in Ontario no candidate demanded that the standards to become a paralegal must come down so more people can enter that profession. Why would a person interested in a legal career want to spend $40,000 a year on law school when you can take a two-year paralegal course at Seneca College for a total cost of $4,028 and do almost the same work? ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Sustainable funding for Pro Bono issue for LSO election as legal aid faces possible cuts Gina Papageoriou sm

Access to justice has been called the biggest issue facing the legal profession by Ontario lawyers and the “crisis” has been brought to the fore as the provincial government’s budget proposes to cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Ontario’s ‘One-Judge’ pilot borrows from arbitration one_judge_sm

On Feb. 1, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice began a two-year pilot project to test-drive one important feature of arbitration — one judge handling all procedural steps in a case: all pretrial hearings, case management conferences and the trial. ... [read more]