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Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta restricting access to courts in light of COVID-19

Effective March 30, access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta will be restricted until further notice. ... [read more]

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 9:27 AM

SCC ruling lays foundation for litigation funding as an access to justice tool Agreement and cellphone

The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision in a corporate insolvency case is the first time the country’s top court has contemplated third-party litigation funding and it’s anticipated that the judgment will provide much-needed guidance for other areas of law, including personal injury. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

To be or not to be appointed estate trustee lastwill_testament_sm

Appointing an estate trustee or executor is one of the most important decisions people will make in their lifetime — strangely for their life after death. In affirming this decision there are several considerations that should be contemplated. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

PROCEEDINGS - Parties - Standing - Limitation periods

Appeal by the defendant Schumilas from a decision of a motion judge dismissing his motion for dismissal of the action against him on the basis that any right to assert a claim against him arose when the respondent was an undischarged bankrupt and, therefore, the cause of action vested with his trustee in bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

COVID-19 time for reflection, possible change | Rachel Goldenberg

It is March 2020 and I am currently sitting at my desk in my home office. I have a hot coffee beside me, my husband is working in the next room, and my children are happily and wildly playing around the house. Sounds simply idyllic, right? Not so much. We are all home, not of our own choosing, but because we are self-isolating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread across the world. We are all social distancing, staying home and trying to keep everyone we know and love healthy and safe. ... [read more]

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

New work from home reality an opportunity for law firms | Andrea Lekushoff

It’s hard to believe how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak has changed our business landscape. The overall tone of public messaging went from cautious to urgent in just a few short weeks. In the midst of all this uncertainty, companies are trying to figure out how to best follow publicly issued guidelines and directives while serving clients and conducting business in as close to their usual way as possible. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 4:57 PM

SCC to hear Toronto’s Charter challenge to Ford government’s downsizing of city council

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear Toronto city council’s challenge to the Ontario government’s controversial downsizing of the number of Toronto city wards in the midst of the 2018 municipal election. On March 26, the top court granted the city leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal’s 3-2 decision last year which upheld the constitutionality of the Better Local Government Act, 2018 (Bill 5): Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General) 2019 ONCA 732. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

B.C. Supreme Court, provincial court offer new guidance in response to COVID-19

B.C. Supreme Court registries are no longer providing in-person registry services during the suspension of the court’s regular operations. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Four key actions lawyers can take to mitigate effects of COVID-19 Working from home

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the legal profession in the past few weeks. Courts in many jurisdictions have shut down. Many lawyers and support staff are working from home. Clients are confused. And there is no end in sight. Coping strategies are the key to getting through this difficult time. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench makes changes to commissioning of affidavits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, in consultation with the Law Society of Alberta, announced that is has made a number of accommodations for the commissioning of affidavits. ... [read more]