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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Legal Aid Manitoba says it is prepared if private lawyers stage work stoppage Allan_Fineblit_sm

Legal Aid Manitoba has a short-term “contingency” plan ready should the province’s private criminal lawyers stop taking new cases to protest the current rates of compensation, says an official with the service provider. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Courts moving to adopt written gowning requirements that accommodate counsel’s ‘personal circumstances’ Sabrina Bandali

The Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal are considering — and the Federal and Tax Courts will soon move ahead with — requests from the bar that they adopt written gowning requirements expressly accommodating counsel whose personal circumstances, such as a medical condition, disability or pregnancy, make it hard to don the usual courtroom attire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

Legal Aid Alberta moving to ‘service location model’ on lawyer choice, travel compensation

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is asking its roster lawyers to update their online profiles in order to reflect changes it is implementing on choice of counsel for clients and travel compensation for those who take on legal aid certificates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Deadline nears for public input on medical assistance in dying | Nathan Baker

Medical assistance in dying (MAiD), euthanasia, assisted suicide. The terms all evoke particular reactions in each person. People have intensely personal views on the matters and the law has evolved over time when dealing with the issue. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

Class action proceedings and natural persons as defendants: Quebec Court of Appeal opines | Lawrence David

Is a class action proceeding brought against a single natural person certifiable? ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 10:19 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments TLD Exclusive

Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

LEAF to host panel on what lawyers can do to help legal aid Katherine Long sm

Amidst cuts to Ontario’s legal aid funding, the legal profession has rallied around the cause, stressing the importance of access to justice and the need for action. The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s (LEAF) Toronto branch is taking the discussion to the next level by hosting a panel on Jan. 23 to address the cuts head on. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 5:49 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Remedies for denial of rights - Exclusion of evidence

Appeal by the Crown from the respondent’s acquittal on a charge of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

EVIDENCE - Witnesses - Credibility

Appeal by the accused from conviction for sexual assault. ... [read more]