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Tuesday, December 20, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

Ottawa names new chief justice for Ontario

On Dec. 19, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced that Court of Appeal for Ontario Justice Michael H. Tulloch has been appointed as the new chief justice of Ontario and president of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3:47 PM

Canada launches process to seize, forfeit asset of sanctioned Russian oligarch Abramovich Melanie Joly

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly has announced that Canada will seize, and pursue the forfeiture of, US$26 million from Granite Capital Holdings Ltd., owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich who is subject to sanctions under Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3:25 PM

Canadian Judicial Council recommends judge be removed for dilatory decisions, in-court misconduct

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has recommended that Parliament fire Quebec Superior Court Justice Gérard Dugré, stating that the judge’s career-long pattern of delayed judgments, along with his at times intemperate comments and disrespectful in-court behaviour towards counsel and litigants, “significantly damages the administration of justice” and “has undermined public confidence to the point where he has become unable to continue to perform his duties and should therefore be removed.” ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3:09 PM

Alberta judicial compensation commission seeks public input on salary levels, benefits for judges

Alberta’s judicial compensation commission is inviting public submissions on remuneration levels for judges. An independent judicial compensation commission was established in 2021 under Alberta’s Judicature Act to review and recommend the appropriate level of compensation for Alberta Provincial Court judges and Court of King’s Bench applications judges for the period of April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2025. ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

Ottawa appoints two judges to Ontario Superior Court

The federal Department of Justice on Dec. 19 announced the appointment of Justices R. Lee Akazaki and Michael Dineen to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 3:05 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Alberta court imposes ‘intrusive steps’ to manage litigant’s ‘abusive rejection of court procedure’

The Alberta Court of King’s Bench has found a vexatious litigant’s conduct in court “illegal and abusive,” and was subject to restrictions under the Judicature Act. The conduct continuously escalated, with the main issues concerning submission of pseudolaw documents to chambers, notarized by lawyers.      ... [read more]

Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 10:50 AM

Manitoba program offers discipline alternative where lawyer conduct linked to mental health issues Rennie Stonyk, the Law Society of Manitoba.

Manitoba lawyers with addiction or mental health issues who face allegations of misconduct with their regulator now have an alternative to the traditional discipline process — provided they qualify. ... [read more]

Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Ottawa says ‘unilateral decision’ to not enforce federal gun ban would offend rule of law Tyler Shandro

Ottawa says it isn’t sure yet what to make of Alberta’s expressed intention to limit enforcement of a federal firearms ban in the province, and reserve firearms prosecutions in Alberta to provincial Crowns, but federal Justice Minister David Lametti said it would offend the Constitution and the rule of law if Alberta police or prosecutors were to make “a unilateral decision not to enforce” the federal gun law. ... [read more]

Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 3:10 PM

Strip search results in judicial activism Crossedman

Traditional legal theory holds that our courts should impartially interpret the law and apply it to the fact situations to be decided. Yet some would argue that the judicial branch should go beyond the impartial interpretation and application of the law and determine questions having broader societal implications than the case being tried. ... [read more]

Friday, December 16, 2022 @ 1:55 PM

Ottawa seeks to postpone MAiD eligibility of those whose sole medical condition is mental illness  David Lametti

The minority Liberal government says it plans to introduce legislation early next year to “temporarily delay” the impending eligibility for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) of people who suffer solely from mental illness.  ... [read more]