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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Newfoundland court passing on vaccine requirement for judges

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is not requiring its judges or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but urging them to get their shots all the same. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

COVID-19 created ‘perfect storm of market volatility,’ says director of investor clinic Poonam Puri, IPC academic director

The Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) has seen legal aid inquiries more than double over the course of the pandemic, showing how COVID-19 has created a “perfect storm of market volatility.” According to the IPC’s 2021 annual report, the clinic has “completed 57 intake interviews between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, up from 18 in the same period last year.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

Ontario releases proof of COVID-19 vaccination regulations, expands third dose eligibility

On Sept. 14, the Ontario government released regulations and further guidance for businesses regarding the proof of vaccination policy which will be in force as of Sept. 22. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 9:42 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Parents could face fines, liability if they send kids to school with COVID-19, lawyer warns Nainesh Kotak, founder of Kotak Personal Injury Law

The start of the academic year has brought on a rise in COVID-19 cases, with schools across Ontario reporting active cases amongst students and staff. One school in the province, Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall, has been ordered to close until at least Sept. 20 to curb the spread of the virus in the school and community. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 1:13 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:34 AM

British Columbia’s three courts not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for judges — at least for now

British Columbia’s three court levels say they are not requiring their nearly 300 judges to be vaccinated for COVID-19, nor to disclose their COVID vaccination status — although this could change in the future. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 3:31 PM

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench one judge away from being fully vaccinated

All of Manitoba’s Queen’s Bench judges have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — save for one who will get their final shot in the “immediate future,” says the court’s chief justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

How high-tech drives Luddites bananas | Marcel Strigberger

Technophobia greatly impacted my working life. I resisted change because I was both a boomer and a member of a very conservative profession. I was called to the bar in 1974 B.C. (before computers). The local courthouse library even still carried a book called Oliphant on the Law of Horses, 1908 edition. I doubt there was a long borrowing waitlist. And I really doubt if you missed the due return date, you’d get a nasty call from the librarian saying something like, “Hey, how selfish can you be.” ... [read more]