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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]

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]