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Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

The impact of self representation: Long-term views | Gary Joseph

Much of the debate surrounding the tidal wave of self representation has focused on the difficulties posed by untrained individuals before the courts. Cases, previously advanced on the basis of fact and law, now often become overly emotional battlefields for the vetting of marital discord. Separated spouses can be subjected to aggressive and unnecessary cross-examination by a self-represented individual and judges, vexed between neutral adjudication, maintaining the dignity of proceedings and fair treatment to all, are being drawn into the process in a manner not consistent with their historical common law role. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

New family law self-represented litigant project launches in Toronto Andrea Himel sm

Ontario’s family law bar has come together to launch a project aimed at assisting self-represented litigants through the system at the  Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 8:41 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Saskatchewan law society to ‘run more smoothly’ via amendments Melanie_Hodges_Neufeld_sm

The Law Society of Saskatchewan will become more efficient following legislative changes that give it greater autonomy in running its operations, say officials with the regulatory body. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Lawyer’s petition calls for Law Society of Ontario to reduce annual fees Elsa Ascencio sm

A petition calling on the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to review and restructure its annual fees has been launched by a sole practitioner who says the high fees are unsustainable for many members of the legal profession.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Paralegals and small claims court a good fit small_claims_court_sm

It has often been said that small claims court was intended to be the “people’s court,” where members of the public could represent themselves in respect to minor civil disputes, thus ensuring the public’s access to justice and providing a means by which parties could settle their differences without the sometimes prohibitive costs of the representation of lawyers. This was and to some extent still is the nature of small claims court as members of the public are still able to represent themselves in civil actions and obtain resolutions to their issues. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help Woman_with_laptop

Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Those who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. After hearing repeatedly about the lack of access to legal representation for women in northern and small communities, Luke’s Place decided something needed to be done. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

New Year’s resolutions for criminal justice in Canada | Kyla Lee

With mandate letters going out to ministers in mid-December, it got me thinking about what 2020 would bring for our criminal justice system. If a mandate is like a direction to ministers, could it be considered like a New Year’s resolution? ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Justice at heart of Christmas story | Derek Ross

At its core, the Christmas story is about justice. It’s a reminder that even when our world seems hopeless and dark, there is a boundless love that can overcome all that is wrong and unjust. For a profession committed to promoting justice, remedying wrongs and mending brokenness, there is much in the Christmas story that can resonate with all lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 1:32 PM

My letter to Santa Claws | Victoria Shroff

Dear Animal Santy or equivalent for St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yalda, Christmas, Omisoka: ... [read more]