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Civil Litigation


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]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

N.S. Supreme Court stops accepting hard copy documents, turns to electronic filing

In efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is no longer accepting hard copy documents at its courthouses and advising lawyers and the self-representing to use e-mail or fax for “urgent and essential matters.”   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 9:31 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Liability - Real estate transactions 

Appeal by the defendant law firm from the dismissal of its application to strike the respondents’ notice of civil claim. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:45 PM

SCC cancels scheduled spring session; appeal hearings might still proceed in June

Citing the risks posed by COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Canada has cancelled all the hearings it had scheduled for April and May, and is tentatively rescheduling those appeals to June 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench enhances e-mail filing system

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench announced that an enhanced e-mail filing system for court documents for all of its judicial centres is now available to the province’s lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Remote contract review helps lawyers respond to COVID-19 communications_tech_sm

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a widespread and indiscriminate impact on the global economy. Canada is expected to join a growing number of governments mandating closure of non-essential businesses in the coming days. This will push many companies into survival mode. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:12 PM

Ontario suspends limitation periods, directs bar to serve documents via e-mail

On March 20 an order-in-council was made under s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods in Ontario. ... [read more]

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]