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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Sexual assault - Consent - Honest but mistaken belief

Appeal by Foster from his conviction for sexual assault. During an evening watching movies together, the complainant and the appellant had sexual intercourse. They had not discussed having sex and no words were spoken during the sexual activity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

Alberta courts urge public to avoid courthouses

To protect the health and safety of staff, court users and the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta courts are asking that, until further notice, members of the public not visit the courthouses in the province. Instead, only those persons necessary to court proceedings should attend at the courthouses. Those necessary are counsel, litigants and members of the media. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:47 PM

Boom, bust and echo: Law firms are not immune | Jasmine Daya

During this time of COVID-19, putting on a smile and saying it’s “business as usual” is either an attempt to convince yourself that this is reality or a flawed marketing attempt. It is anything but business as usual, with some employees attempting to work remotely and some employees that are or will be temporarily laid off. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 2:54 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis | Victoria Shroff

Health and well-being of humans is interrelated with our family pets and should be addressed. It’s a troubling time for humans, but animals are also impacted by COVID-19’s world rampage. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

Saskatchewan courts trim down, turn to phone, video to curb COVID-19

In efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, Saskatchewan’s provincial and superior courts have made sweeping operational changes in the name of social distancing. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

APPEALS - Miscarriage of justice - Powers of appellate court - To receive new evidence

Appeal by Cerna from his convictions for five offences including assault with a weapon and attempting to obstruct justice and application to withdraw his guilty pleas. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 5:36 PM

SCC sets new test, high bar on defence, for proving judges’ verdict deliberations were unduly delayed Michael Moldaver

In a groundbreaking decision which holds that undue delay by trial judges in rendering verdicts does not count toward Jordan’s 18-month and 30-month trial delay ceilings, the Supreme Court of Canada has set a high threshold for defence claims that a judge breached an accused’s s. 11(b) Charter right to trial within a reasonable time by taking too long to render a verdict. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:50 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

B.C. provincial court suspends regular operations as of March 25

Effective March 25, 2020 (and unless otherwise stated in this notice), Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie has suspended regular operations of the provincial court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. In light of the extraordinary circumstances during the current public health emergency, people are strongly discouraged from attending any courthouse. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:48 PM

Quebec bar sets up free phone-in clinic for questions about COVID-19 Lida_Sara_Nouraie

The Quebec law society launched on March 20 a free telephone call-in legal clinic to help citizens with questions they may have regarding their rights and responsibilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]