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Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

French language still needs protection, Quebec Court of Appeal rules David Robitaille

A bid to overturn Quebec’s sign law by a group of anglophone merchants suffered another setback after the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld two lower court rulings which maintained that the French language is still vulnerable in Quebec and continues to need protection even though it has made “modest progress” in recent decades. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 2:37 PM

Gowling WLG grows team

As of the first of the year, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP has 19 new partners. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 11:21 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

First live webcast of treaty case advances reconciliation, public’s access to trials Joe Arvay

The Ontario Superior Court has ordered what is believed to be the first gavel-to-gavel live streaming and archiving of a full trial. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 6:17 AM - Last Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

N.B. government advised to ‘compromise’ with judiciary, scrap ‘unconstitutional’ veto over federal judge transfers Nicole O'Byrne

The New Brunswick government should scrap its “unconstitutional” bid to control transfers of federal judges, and instead accept the offer of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) entitling the province to be consulted in advance of judicial moves, legal experts advise. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 9:19 AM - Last Updated: Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Indigenous rights, lawyers’ liability, breathalyzers among key appeals on SCC winter docket Karey Brooks

The Supreme Court starts off 2018 with a new judge from Alberta, a new chief justice from Quebec and a docket packed with novel cases hailing mostly from those two provinces. ... [read more]

Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Report offers suggestions to improve access to justice in Manitoba Allison_Fenske_sm

An image makeover, a focus on the marginalized and the use of high-tech “one-stop shops” for far-flung parts of Manitoba could help ease that province’s access to justice woes, states a recent report. ... [read more]

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Canadian Civil Liberties Association eyeing next steps in solitary confinement battle Michael Rosenberg sm

Ottawa has 12 months to implement changes to legislation on solitary confinement after the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined the procedure of review around the practice is unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 6:18 PM

SCC upholds dangerous offender provisions but says indeterminate detention a last resort Catriona Verner

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of two Harper-era dangerous offender sentencing provisions, while construing the 2008 amendments in a way that preserves judicial discretion and ensures that indeterminate detention remains a last resort. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

New prothonotary for Federal Court

Kathleen Marie Ring, a general counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, was named as a prothonotary of the Federal Court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Challenge of B.C. dam project likely headed to Supreme Court: observer Gordon Christie

British Columbia’s decision to complete construction of a controversial hydroelectric dam project has led to a challenge on the grounds the project violates a hundred-year-old treaty, a case that observers say raises questions on the conflict between Indigenous rights and Crown sovereignty and may find itself in Canada's top court. ... [read more]