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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Issues when measuring drug toxicity braingettingzapped.jpg

This column is the corollary to my earlier story: Problems with measuring drug toxicity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Miscarriage of justice

Appeal by Dhir from his conviction for assault. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 5:36 PM

Privy Council head Wernick to retire; PM names McLellan ‘special advisor’ on questions raised by SNC-Lavalin affair Anne McLellan

To opposition jeers of “Liberals investigating Liberals,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he has hired former Liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan as his “special advisor” in respect of questions raised by former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould’s explosive allegation that the PMO tried to politically interfere with her prosecutorial discretion in the SNC-Lavalin affair. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Free counsel gives sex assault complainants ‘a voice in the courtroom’: N.S. law society head Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia’s new offering of free lawyers for sex assault complainants who face having their sexual history brought forth in court helps protect the justice system’s “truth-finding process,” says a prominent Crown.   ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 10:31 AM

PROCEDURE - Questions by jury - Trial judge’s duties

Appeal by Williams from his conviction, by jury, of second degree murder. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 4:43 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 5:05 PM

SCC strikes down element of child luring offence but revives one-year minimum penalty in Ontario Michael Moldaver

In its first constitutional pronouncement on the crime of child luring, the Supreme Court of Canada has 9-0 struck down the statutory presumption that an adult accused of child luring believes the purported child’s online representations that she is under age (absent evidence to the contrary). ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences tending to corrupt morals - Communication with a child by computer in order to commit an offence (luring)

Appeal and cross-appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario affirming the conviction entered and the sentence imposed to Morrison for the charge of child luring. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Justice minister defends bill to reveal judges’ expenses as senators prepare to reduce disclosure requirements David_Lametti

Justice Minister David Lametti says he is “quite happy” with a Trudeau government bill that the judiciary warns would violate judicial independence and endanger its members’ security by requiring all 1,178 federal judges, for the first time, to publicly disclose their individual expenses — which collectively totalled nearly $34 million in the last fiscal year. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 6:09 AM

JURISDICTION - Courts - Superior courts

Appeal by Zreik from an order dismissing her application for an order in the nature of mandamus with certiorari in aid on the basis that the application ought properly to be heard in the Divisional Court. ... [read more]