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Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Two appeal decisions spotlight plight of self-represented litigants self_represented_sm

Lawyers are all too familiar with the increasing trend of parties representing themselves in court and the problems that this situation presents to their clients, to the self-represented litigants (SRLs) themselves and to the court. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions highlight some of the problems that self-represented litigants face in the court system and how the courts can assist a SRL — without prejudicing the represented litigant — in obtaining not only their day in court but a fair hearing. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

B.C. pact recognizes legal aid as essential service, lawyers’ association says Richard Fowler

The B.C. government has announced an agreement to increase legal aid tariff rates and to have more conversations about changes to eligibility and coverage, a deal which the association representing legal aid lawyers in the province is calling unprecedented in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

LSO convocation to vote on Rosenthal resuming position as bencher Jonathan Rosenthal sm

Former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Jonathan Rosenthal will be returning to Convocation, pending a vote to elect him as the next eligible candidate, to fill the seat left by Orlando Da Silva in September.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | Payton Wood

Equal protection before and under the law is a constitutionally entrenched right and cornerstone of the Canadian justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

First class action clinic seeks to address ‘unmet need,’ director says Jasminka Kalajdzic sm

The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is now home to Canada’s only class action legal clinic. The clinic’s director and Windsor law professor, Jasminka Kalajdzic, said the goal is to “build public confidence in the class action regime and better fulfil the access to justice of class actions.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:45 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court hits 10 years Pamela_Williams_sm

Nova Scotia’s first Wellness Court is now a decade old, and a judge sitting behind its bench sees its success as helping pave the way for an increase in co-operative justice as an alternative to traditional forms of punishment. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 1:15 PM

Sentencing of woman as dangerous offender overturned by Ontario Court of Appeal

An Ontario judge committed a miscarriage of justice in 2012 when she deemed that a woman with mental, behavioural and cognitive challenges was a dangerous offender and should be imprisoned indefinitely, according to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling.   ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Increasing use of non-traditional legal services for family cases Woman on laptop with icons

In response to concerns about addressing access to family justice issues, a project has been launched in Ontario to increase the use of such unbundled legal services as limited scope retainers, legal coaching and privately paid duty counsel for family law disputes. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 3:59 PM

Judge makes ‘extraordinary’ advance costs order in land rights case

An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ordered the federal government and Alberta’s government to pay advance legal costs in a land rights case, saying the First Nation involved would be forced to end its litigation if she did not. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

How major political parties address important issue of dementia electionflag

The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box. ... [read more]