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Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 2:55 PM

B.C. appeal decision on petitions said to have consequences for several areas of law Mark Underhill, Arvay Finlay LLP

B.C.’s top court has ruled that a long-standing legal test on converting petitions to trial is out of date, a decision which observers are saying will increase flexibility for judges and help improve access to justice in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 10:43 AM

Work, pay in Canadian prisons, part two | David Dorson

Editor’s note: David Dorson is the pen name of someone who went through arrest, case disposition, imprisonment and parole in Ontario a few years ago.The Lawyer’s Daily has granted anonymity because he offers a unique perspective on a subject that matters deeply to many readers, and revealing the author’s identity would make re-establishment in the community after completely serving his sentence much more difficult than it already is. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 08, 2022 @ 10:10 AM

U of T Faculty of Law receives millions in donations for Indigenous law chair, programming Howard Levitt

The University of Toronto (U of T) Faculty of Law has received two endowments that will go to support Indigenous law programing and establish a chair in Indigenous law. According to a press release, issued March 4, Howard Levitt, who earned an LLB at U of T in 1977, “has made a $1-million gift,” $250,000 of which is “designated towards doctoral student funding, helping attract the best and brightest legal scholars to U of T.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 07, 2022 @ 3:50 PM

Canadian immigration lawyers launch pro bono legal assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to Canada

Lawyer-volunteers within the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) immigration law section are spearheading a drive to give free legal advice to assist Ukrainians who want to come to Canada. The services the 14 volunteer lawyers are offering include legal consultations and advice for those seeking to take advantage of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) recently announced fast-track initiatives and programs to bring eligible war-affected Ukrainian nationals to Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, March 07, 2022 @ 12:28 PM

Daily pre-, post-court docket event list | James McGrath

I have recently been approached by citizens who have requested the court docket for a specific day in an Ontario Court of Justice court. They were directed to the daily list that is posted online. However, this list contains only the name, docket number and courtroom set for the case. It does not include the charges laid nor the outcome of the day’s appearance. When they requested the full docket they were told they needed a reason and curiosity was not enough. ... [read more]

Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 2:51 PM

Perfect storm | John L. Hill

Attempts to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks and the need to comply with the Mandela Rules were destined to be conflicting goals. This conflict erupted in January at the Edmonton Institution, a maximum-security penitentiary. It became the perfect storm. ... [read more]

Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 2:28 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 8:32 PM

More work needed on digital transformation in courts, legal aid in B.C., Alberta: CBA presidents CBA Alberta president Bianca Kratt

Representatives of the bar in both British Columbia and Alberta are applauding their respective provincial governments for continuing to commit to the digitization of the legal system brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their most recent fiscal plans, but are also saying there needs to be more focus on legal aid funding and eligibility. ... [read more]

Friday, March 04, 2022 @ 12:56 PM

Attorney general disregards bench/bar | Michael Lesage

Responsible for co-ordinating and administering court services throughout Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General has long fallen well short of expectations. In addition to failing to note the advent of the Internet or taking effective steps to digitize court operations prior to the pandemic (which most other legal jurisdictions had done years earlier), it operated in an unaccountable and imperious manner, without seeking feedback from the public or the profession. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 03, 2022 @ 2:39 PM

More courts lift COVID-19 restrictions

Some Canadian courts have set timelines for the easing of COVID-19 protocols, while others are extending some health measures with hopes of an eventual return to normal. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 03, 2022 @ 10:53 AM

FOLA highlights inconsistencies in e-filing, legal aid, access to justice at Lobby Day Nathan Baker, FOLA Chair

The Federation of Ontario Law Association’s (FOLA) Lobby Day emphasized the need to address inconsistencies in e-filing, funding for legal aid, access to technology for inmates and delays in the legal system that impact many different areas of practice. ... [read more]