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Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 6:33 AM

SENTENCING - Sexual assault - Aboriginal offenders - No previous record

Sentencing of the 24-year-old Indigenous offender found guilty of party to sexual assault, sexual assault and sexual interference. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Inheriting bad money Dollar sign in water

A federal judge in the U.S. recently imposed prison sentences of four to six months on the four adult children of deceased Wall Street money manager Harry Seggerman. Seggerman passed away in 2001, leaving his widow and six children more than US$20 million. More than half of that was in Swiss and other foreign accounts and had never been reported to the Internal Revenue Service. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

SCC alumni’s role in legal controversies sparks new debate over ex-judges’ return to practice Amy Salyzyn

Is it in the public interest for former Supreme Court of Canada justices to be allowed to provide legal services to governments or other well-heeled clients facing public controversies that could arguably blow back on the reputations of the ex-judges’ former courts or otherwise harm public confidence in the judiciary? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

Disqualified expert: Halton Children’s Aid Society v. J.B. Man with long nose shadow

There has been significant fallout from the recent decision in Halton Children’s Aid Society v. J.B. and D.R. 2018 ONCJ 884 in which the judge did not qualify the court-appointed expert that was recommended by both parties in a child protection proceeding. The psychologist had been ordered by the court to conduct a parenting capacity assessment and to answer a long list of specific questions posed by the court. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 05, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Ottawa announces new national strategy to fight human trafficking

In an effort to battle human trafficking, the federal government in its 2018 budget allocated $14.51 million over five years and $2.89 million per year ongoing for the new Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline for victims and survivors in need of services and support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Public wants judges to engage, be more open about justice system, their roles, work: CJC consultation Richard Wagner

Most Canadians believe judges should “proactively exchange with the general public on questions relating to the justice system and their work” — and should actively seek out opportunities to do so, according to feedback received by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) during its recent public consultation on new ethical guidelines for the federal judiciary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:55 AM


Motions by the appellants Jorowski and Eisbrenner to permit Sweryda to represent them in their respective appeals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Retention of counsel - Relationship with client

Determination of whether defence counsel could continue to act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

SNC-Lavalin affair: Jobs over democracy | Julius Melnitzer

The “public interest,” it turns out, can be a real threat to democracy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 3:04 PM

Teacher spy pen case: When do victims’ voices count? | Karen Bellehumeur

Ryan Jarvis, the high school teacher who secretly used a spy pen to record the breasts and cleavages of female students at school, was sentenced to six months in jail last week. It was a heavy penalty and was meant to send a strong message about the exploitative use of digital technology to violate individuals’ sexual integrity. ... [read more]