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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Retirement from SCC should not be a life sentence | Kyla Lee

Since the Trudeau ethics report was released last week, a small commotion has erupted in the legal community. The commotion centres around whether retired Supreme Court of Canada judges should be permitted to return to private practice and whether in doing so they can be weaponized against one another. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Fine balance needed by courts in third-party litigation funding darkfacebehinddollars_sm

The first time that third-party funding was approved for an Ontario class action was Dugal v. Manulife Financial Corp. [2011] O.J. No. 1239. Justice George Strathy took a deep look at the nature of class actions and decided to approve it. Several years later, Justice Paul Perell has taken the court’s supervision of the process one step further. Previously, the view was that the judge could either approve the litigation funding agreement or not. In Houle v. St. Jude Medical Inc., 2017 ONSC 5129, Justice Perell took the innovative step of directing the plaintiff and its funder to make specific changes to the funding agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Lawyers on access to justice Day of Action multiracialcrowd

Access to justice has two different but intersecting meanings. The first focuses on ensuring that a person who interacts with the justice system can do so with the legal and expert assistance they need to navigate a complex, and often perplexing, system. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Helping prisoners’ kids avoid jail | Derek Reid and Jessica Reid

Every year over 300,000 children in Canada are separated from their parent because of their involvement with the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

B.C. pro bono organization takes over lawyer referral service CBABC executive director Kerry L. Simmons

B.C.’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is under new management. With funding from the Law Foundation of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) has operated the LRS for over 60 years, providing the public an opportunity to have an initial consultation with a lawyer about their concerns. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Using electronic records as evidence | Ken Chasse

Records are now the most frequently used kind of evidence in legal proceedings and for legal services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Family law program offers mediation assistance at B.C. provincial court Jane Reid, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Individuals with family law matters before the B.C. provincial court now have an additional option to court thanks to a free mediation service. The service was begun in 2012 at the B.C. Supreme Court by Vancouver lawyer Dinyar Marzban. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 10:26 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 1:53 PM

Ombuds institutions failing to effectively address women’s issues, says law prof Linda Reif

Human rights ombuds institutions must address women's rights and they must address international and domestic human rights law as part of their mandate, according to Linda Reif, a law professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The conclusion comes after extensive research into ombuds institutions globally and their role in engaging in women’s rights. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:15 PM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:57 PM

Ottawa commits $26.8 million to fund immigration, refugee legal aid for 2019-20

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Aug. 12 announced that the federal government will provide a one-time investment of $26.8 million for immigration and refugee legal aid for 2019-2020. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Manhunt case important lesson on presumption of innocence | Kyla Lee

In what was the most interesting news story of the summer, all of Canada watched as police descended on Gillam, Man., to carry out a days-long manhunt for two young men from Port Alberni, B.C., believed to have committed up to three murders in northern B.C. ... [read more]