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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

SCC postpones March hearings, but leaves filing deadlines intact for now

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it is postponing hearings in March, but for now the filing deadlines for appeals and the hearings scheduled for the spring session, remain in place. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

No representative plaintiff, no class action representative_group_sm

In the recent decision Azar v. Strada Crush Limited 2020 ONSC 549, Justice Edward Morgan decertified a class action he had previously certified, after infighting between the representative plaintiff and class counsel led to the disqualification of the representative plaintiff and no replacement representative plaintiff could be found. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process Arbitration form

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently taken the opportunity in the companion cases of Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66 to revisit the treatment of appeals of administrative decisions as well as judicial review and has rewritten the law governing two matters of administrative law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 4:19 PM

Ontario Superior Court suspends all operations including criminal cases

To protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Superior Court of Justice announced that it is suspending all regular operations, effective March 17 and until further notice. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal suspends scheduled appeals for three weeks

Effective March 17, except as provided below, the Court of Appeal announced that it will suspend all scheduled appeals for a period of three weeks (until April 3). During this period, urgent appeals will be heard based on either the written materials or remotely. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

‘Unconstitutional tax’ in B.C. has led to rise in auto insurance premiums, loss of benefits: lawsuit Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

British Columbia’s publicly-owned automobile insurer has faced numerous upheavals in recent years as it attempts to rein in costs. And now, it is facing a class action lawsuit which could potentially see a payout of nearly $1 billion being given to drivers and accident victims in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

Two judges appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on March 16 announced two judicial appointments for the province of British Columbia.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:38 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

Alberta courts announce measures to deal with COVID-19 fallout

The Alberta courts have issued a number of directives in order to deal with the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]