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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]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

LAO seeking nominations for Sidney B. Linden Award

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) announced that it is seeking nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award. The deadline for submission is Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Marriage of family law and technology: A much-needed union Female hands typing on laptop

Technology has become so enmeshed in modern life that citizens engaging with the legal system wonder why the same level of service and convenience is not available. Fortunately, in Ontario, the superior and provincial family courts are implementing new technological processes in order to modernize the system. ... [read more]