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Access to Justice


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Access to Justice Week panel stresses importance of education for legal community on Indigenous justice L-R Delia Opekokew, Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin, Beverly Jacobs, and Dianne Corbiere

Education for everyone who works in the Canadian legal system, from corrections to judges, is “the key” to creating change for Indigenous justice, a panel at Access to Justice (A2J) Week said. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Battling delays, gridlock in criminal justice system Prisoner behind bars

Police report crime in Canada based on the Crime Severity Index, an index which includes all Criminal Code and federal statute offences, increased for the fourth consecutive year since 2014. Over two million reports of Criminal Code incidents, with the exclusion of the Highway Traffic Act ones, were reported in 2018, about 69,800 more incidents than in 2017. The increase in the Crime Severity Index indicates more cases will be before the courts. Systemic delays in the Canadian Superior Courts of Justice will most probably follow into the courts of justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Whole new look at limitation periods in family law Calendar with pencil

In Ontario, is there an irrefutable presumption that a domestic contract is valid if not set aside within two years from when a claim ought to have been discovered? The case of F.K. v. E.A., 2019 ONSC 3707 suggests such a conclusion. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

Gowling to contribute $125,000 to Pro Bono Ontario

Gowling WLG has made a five-year $125,000 commitment to Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), kicking off the charity’s #InvestInJustice campaign. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Law Society of Ontario reduces annual fees, accepts Rosenthal’s return despite objections Teresa Donnelly sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a “streamlined” budget for 2020, which Audit and Finance Committee chair Teresa Donnelly called “responsible.” The budget reduces the lawyer and paralegal annual fees and it keeps the regulator on track to replenish the compensation fund, which took a hit in the middle of the past decade. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Twitter town hall to explore access to justice in B.C. B.C. Chief Justice Robert Bauman

A pair of B.C. judicial heavyweights will be lending their voice to the conversation about access to justice Mon., Oct. 28 as the provincial court hosts a Twitter town hall to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the justice system in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 9:39 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Investment in access to justice more than pays for itself, report finds Lisa Moore

Every dollar governments spend on programs and services that improve access to justice generates financial benefits equivalent to between $9 and $16, according to a review of research conducted by the Toronto-based Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ). “I didn’t expect to find such a high return — it’s really significant,” said Lisa Moore, director of the non-profit organization, who co-authored the report with Osgoode Hall Law School professor Trevor Farrow. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

Animal law teaching, conferences growing around globe | Victoria Shroff

Interest in animal law along with access to justice for animals is a growing concept. I’ve been appending my hashtag #A2JForAnimals on correspondence where I can. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Ethical obligations on lawyers after Poulin Guy in Cuffs

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered reasons in the case of R. v. Poulin [2019] S.C.J. No. 47. This case dealt with the interpretation of s. 11(i) of the Charter, which provides that an accused person is entitled to seek the lowest punishment available, if the punishment for an offence changes between the time of the offence and the time of sentencing. ... [read more]