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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 1:07 PM

Regulating cryptocurrency exchanges: The courts struggle bitcoin_investing_sm

Cryptocurrency remains, in many ways, a novel asset class. No surprise, then, that courts in many jurisdictions are still trying to figure out how their law applies to the phenomenon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

Alberta courts urge public to avoid courthouses

To protect the health and safety of staff, court users and the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta courts are asking that, until further notice, members of the public not visit the courthouses in the province. Instead, only those persons necessary to court proceedings should attend at the courthouses. Those necessary are counsel, litigants and members of the media. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:22 AM

‘People should read’ B.C. Court of Appeal decision because it clarifies duty of care issue: lawyer Avon_Mersey

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a car dealership could not have predicted a man who stole a truck from its lot would have become involved in a police chase and caused a number of accidents, a decision the lawyer for the dealership is saying further clarifies the duty of care owed when a car is stolen, following a seminal Supreme Court decision in 2018. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Vulnerable litigants and family members: Getting proper authorization elderly_will_sm

In the first part of this two-part series, we analyzed the recent decision of Justice Paul Perell in Kalia v. Kalia 2020 ONSC 935. We addressed the issues of whether or not an elderly or vulnerable litigant (in this case, Adarsh Kalia) can ever rely on a family member to assist in retaining a lawyer and getting legal advice. And what is a litigant to do (and, more importantly, not do) when they are concerned that their adversary lacks capacity? We will now discuss the court’s response to the litigants. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

Saskatchewan courts trim down, turn to phone, video to curb COVID-19

In efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Saskatchewan’s provincial and superior courts have made sweeping operational changes in the name of social distancing. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Vexatious litigants

Motion by the defendant for a vexatious litigant order against the plaintiff. The plaintiff, who resided in Ontario, was involved in 67 reported legal proceedings in the last five years, largely related to unfounded allegations of racism. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:50 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

B.C. provincial court suspends regular operations as of March 25

Effective March 25, 2020 (and unless otherwise stated in this notice), Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie has suspended regular operations of the provincial court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. In light of the extraordinary circumstances during the current public health emergency, people are strongly discouraged from attending any courthouse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:48 PM

Quebec bar sets up free phone-in clinic for questions about COVID-19 Lida_Sara_Nouraie

The Quebec law society launched on March 20 a free telephone call-in legal clinic to help citizens with questions they may have regarding their rights and responsibilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]