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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

Budget 2018 provides millions in new justice funding, expanded Unified Family Courts Liz Majic

The federal budget proposed for the coming fiscal year includes millions in new legal aid funding for sexual harassment and immigration and refugee law cases, support for 46 new federal judgeships — including 39 to expand the Unified Family Courts (UFC) in four provinces — and money to boost staff and services at the Canadian Judicial Council and at the registries of the Federal, Tax and Supreme Courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Acquittal of alleged mobsters due to improper wiretap a lesson for police

Two alleged Montreal Mafia leaders were acquitted of gangsterism and drug trafficking charges after the Quebec Superior Court excluded wiretap evidence gathered by a joint police task force because they failed to put in place sufficient measures to prevent the interception of conversations between lawyers and clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

N.S. appeal will give guidance for future HIV non-disclosure cases, lawyers say Cecile_Kazatchkine_sm

The acquittal of an HIV-positive man in an East Coast non-disclosure case will further guide Canada’s legal community in its response to new science around risk of transmission, experts say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:49 AM

POWERS OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE - Search warrants - Validity

Appeals by the accused, Ishmael and Elijah Lowe, from convictions for drug-related offences. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:12 PM

Justice David Brown says judges risk being displaced by arbitrators and algorithms

Lawyers and judges may soon find themselves replaced by technology if they don’t quickly adopt that very same technology. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

B.C. budget boosts legal aid funding but it’s still ‘woefully underfunded,’ women’s equality group says Kasari Govender

Legal organizations and practitioners in British Columbia are applauding the increase in funding for the justice sector in the recent provincial budget, but are saying much more needs to be put into the legal aid system to ensure it functions properly for clients and is able to attract experienced lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Trudeau’s dance of deception on Indigenous rights | Pamela Palmater

On February 14, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his plan to develop a new legislative framework called the “Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework” intended to recognize Indigenous rights and avoid litigation. This announcement came after the incredulous not guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley murder trial – the farmer who killed Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation – and the subsequent nationwide rallies and protests by Indigenous peoples. There is no doubt that Trudeau was trying to deflect attention from the deep-rooted racism within Canada’s justice system – but also in his own government’s failure to take substantive action on any of the injustices facing Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

DANGEROUS AND LONG-TERM OFFENDERS - Dangerous offender designation

Appeal by the accused, McDonald, from designation as a dangerous offender. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Sleeper SCC ruling on defective police cautions will spark new defence bids to exclude evidence Russell Brown

A sleeper Supreme Court judgment that recently threw out a man’s sexual assault conviction because Edmonton police elicited an inculpatory statement from him using a flawed standard caution will generate defence bids to exclude similarly tainted evidence in Alberta, Ontario and any other jurisdictions which also have constitutionally defective standard police cautions, predicts the Edmonton defence counsel who won the case. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Shock, disappointment over federal appeal of B.C. solitary confinement decision Debra Parkes, UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law

The federal government has announced it is going to appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that solitary confinement is unconstitutional, a decision that legal experts are calling disappointing in that it will lead to delay in making changes to a practice that has been called into question at multiple levels of court. ... [read more]