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Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:21 PM

Michael Bryant new CEO of Legal Aid BC

On Jan. 17, Michael Bryant started in his new role as the chief executive officer of Legal Aid BC (LABC). The organization’s board of directors made the appointment following a competitive national search. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Ottawa introduces legislation to amend Official Languages Act Justice Minister David Lametti

Ottawa has tabled legislation to substantively update Canada’s Official Languages Act after a previous bill died on the order paper when the last federal election was called. Bill C-13, which was introduced March 1, is aimed at promoting a better-supported French language throughout Canada, clarifying support for official-language minority communities and improving the compliance of federal institutions concerning official languages. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 10:40 AM

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

Every two weeks prisoners in federal prisons get their pay and financial statements. And every two weeks, starting even in my first few weeks in the Assessment Unit (where all federal prisoners are sent for two or three months before being assigned to a “home” prison), some prisoner would be saying to me, “I hear you understand these things.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Ontario judicial appointments: Francophones not welcome | Agnès Whitfield

For francophone litigants in Ontario, one of the major obstacles to an equitable access to justice in French has been for decades and remains the shortage of bilingual judges. One recent example: in March 2021, the Ontario Court of Justice replaced a francophone judge in Algoma, a district with a significant francophone population, by a unilingual anglophone judge, depriving francophone litigants of their right to be heard rapidly in French. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 1:24 PM

Canadian legal community’s fight to bring Afghans to safety | Carla Potter, Ardy Mohajer and Hugh Meighen

It was October 2021 when it became clear that the situation in Afghanistan had become a humanitarian crisis. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

Note on wrongful conviction of Nova Scotia man, part three Bars and cuffs

The systemic factors contributing to miscarriages of justice in Canada include tunnel vision in police, false or unreliable witness testimony, untrustworthy evidence gathered from jailhouse informants and direct police misconduct. Part two of this series addressed tunnel vision and false or unreliable witness testimony. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 2:38 PM

Note on wrongful conviction of Nova Scotia man, part two Bars and cuffs

The systemic factors contributing to miscarriages of justice in Canada include tunnel vision, false or unreliable witness testimony, untrustworthy evidence gathered from jailhouse informants and direct police misconduct. These factors adversely affect the reliability of an investigation and are commonly found in high-profile cases of wrongful conviction. When the factors that contribute to miscarriages of justice occur, it is often difficult to convince courts to reopen cases of wrongful conviction. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

Governance, family law issues on plate for benchers in 2022: B.C. law society president B.C. law society president Lisa Hamilton

The newly minted president of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is saying the year 2022 promises to be a busy one for law society benchers as they continue to grapple with issues surrounding governance, family law and mental health. Lisa Hamilton took over as president at the beginning of January, after having served as both second and first vice-president. A graduate of the University of Victoria faculty of law, she has been a bencher since 2016 and is the founding partner of Hamilton Fabbro, a family law firm in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 11:04 AM

Note on wrongful conviction of Nova Scotia man Bars and cuffs

Although the factors leading to miscarriages of justice are well-known, wrongful convictions in Canada continue to occur. The non-profit organization Innocence Canada has exonerated 24 individuals since 1993 and is reviewing 90 cases of alleged wrongful convictions. Glen Eugene Assoun is one of their latest exonerated clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 @ 11:41 AM

What access to justice looks like in family law | Sarah Boulby

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is once again embroiled in a debate about whether to license paralegals to practise family law. There is no evidence that paralegals would provide cheaper family law services than lawyers and there are real protection of the public concerns about licensing and promoting service providers who do not have the competence, skills or education to do the work. Perhaps it is time to step back from this narrow debate and instead ask — what does access to justice in family law really look like?  ... [read more]