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Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 1:29 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

So you want to open a cannabis store? Cannabis store counter

If you’re reading this, you probably know that cannabis retail licensing is one of the hottest and most bizarre topics of Ontario’s cannabis industry. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

Dismissed appeal on reconsultation highlights need for counsel to take detailed notes, lawyer says Chris_Sewrattan_sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a man convicted of impaired driving causing bodily harm, noting that he had no right to reconsult with a lawyer when a drug evaluation demand or demand for urine sample was made. A Toronto criminal lawyer noted the case highlights the need for lawyers to get the exact details of a charge when taking arrest calls from the police and to take good notes for their records. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

East Coast privacy commissioners’ unity on facial recognition a good thing: legal scholar Michael_Karanicolas_top

An Ivy League legal mind says it was a “smart move” for Atlantic Canada’s privacy commissioners to give a unified warning about facial recognition technology and its “slow drift” toward becoming a “serious threat” to people’s privacy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

Four judicial appointments announced for Ontario

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced four judicial appointments in Ontario.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 6:32 AM

APPEALS - Unreasonable verdict - Powers of appellate court

Appeal by Jason Maestrello from his conviction on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. ... [read more]

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

Judicial vacancies doubled around election; ‘chronic’ judge shortage wreaks ‘havoc’ say bench, bar Ken Armstrong

Justice Minister David Lametti is poised to start filling the backlog of superior court vacancies that more than doubled around last fall’s federal election, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. But lawyers and courts say that chronic appointment delays are taking a serious toll on the public. As of Jan. 7, 2020, there were 68 vacancies in federal superior courts across Canada, according to the website of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. ... [read more]

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES - Possession - Other substances

Trial of the accused charged with theft and possession of heroin and methamphetamines. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal rules evidence misused, orders new sexual assault trial Michael Spratt

In a relatively thin three-page ruling, R. v. S.H. 2020 ONCA 34, the Ontario Court of Appeal has set aside the convictions and ordered a new trial for a man who was charged with several counts of assault and sexual assault that allegedly occurred over a period of time. Appeal Court Justices Lois Roberts, David Paciocco and Alison Harvison Young found that the trial judge, Ontario Superior Court Justice Peter Daley, erred — as the Crown conceded — in his jury instruction on the use of cross-count evidence. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Overincarceration of Indigenous peoples nothing short of genocide | Pamela Palmater

Canada’s colonial objectives have always been to clear the lands for settlement and development by whatever means necessary. ... [read more]