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Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 2:17 PM

Group hopes French courses for lawyers, judges can boost access to justice in Saskatchewan

In a bid to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan’s French speakers, a small group of legal professionals in that province continues to offer lawyers a credit course in that language. The French-Speaking Jurists Association of Saskatchewan (AJEFS) is now heading into its fifth year of providing lawyers with a French course, along with a chance for participants to practise their language skills with others already proficient. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From bankruptcy to beer top_ten_sm

To kick off the new year right, here is a listing of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada for 2019. The listing will be in the form of a two-part series, which begins below with numbers 6-10, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 6:25 AM

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS LEGISLATION - Contracting out

Appeal by the defendant, St. Joseph Communications (St. Joseph), from summary judgment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Striking claims against insurance adjusters Disability claim form

In the recent decision of Burns v. RBC Life Insurance Co. 2019 ONSC 6977, Justice Paul Perell dismissed a claim against employees of RBC that were involved in handling the denial of the plaintiff’s disability claim. The case provides insight regarding when a claim against an insurance adjuster may be struck on a Rule 21 motion for failing to disclose a reasonable cause of action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Four judicial appointments announced for Ontario

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced four judicial appointments in Ontario.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:28 PM

Feds name judge to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced that Krista L. Colford, a solicitor at the Office of the Attorney General of New Brunswick in Fredericton, has been appointed as a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Justice Canada general counsel named to Quebec Superior Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 3 that Nancy Bonsaint, general counsel at Justice Canada, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Quebec. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Ottawa appoints judge to Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench

The federal Department of Justice announced on Feb. 3 that Naheed Bardai, partner at MLT Aikins LLP in Saskatoon, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Lenczner Slaght partners with McCarthy Tétrault to expand women’s referral program Sana_Halwani_sm

Lenczner Slaght has partnered with McCarthy Tétrault to expand a resource list for lawyers who want to refer files to women. The program is called ReferToHer and was launched by Lenczner Slaght in June 2019. “Even though we’ve made lots of progress for women in the profession, there’s still a lack of equilibrium between how many referrals go out to women and how many go out to men,” said Sana Halwani, a partner at Lenczner Slaght who helped start the program with fellow partner Shara Roy. ... [read more]