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Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - For limited purpose - Relevancy - Witnesses - Credibility

Appeal by Goldfinch from a judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal setting aside his acquittal. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Why facial recognition technology is racist, invasive, dangerous facialrecognitionfemale.jpg

As we turn to face the future of law enforcement, here are some of the reasons we need to be concerned about facial recognition tools, like the ones the Toronto Police Service has been using for more than a year. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Feds promote judge to Court of Appeal for Ontario

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced that Julie A. Thorburn, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and a judge ex officio of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, effective Sept. 2, 2019. Justice Thorburn will fill the future vacancy of Justice Paul Rouleau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Sept. 1, 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Two judges appointed to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced judicial appointments for the province of Manitoba. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 6:25 AM

EVIDENCE - Methods of proof - Inferences - Judicial notice

Appeal by the accused from convictions for sexual interference, sexual exploitation and sexual assault. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

First tested plain language guide for sexual assault survivors Cheryl Stephens

Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service has produced what is believed to be the first plain language guide for sexual assault survivors in Canada. “Other provinces have publications, but none that we know of that have been focus tested. There is no other plain language guide,” Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Halifax, told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 6:33 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Stay of proceedings

Appeal by the Crown from a stay of charges of assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement, assault, mischief, and breach of probation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 6:32 AM

RIGHTS OF ACCUSED - To disclosure

Application by Tyndall for production of documents. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

A personal view of MMIWG: 15 of my First Nations clients are dead Woman Trapped

The final report of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) national inquiry, published June 3, 2019, evokes mixed feelings. Do I believe that it is a genocide? No. Labelling it as such implies that there is a single villain. They are the forgotten people. Neglected and vulnerable to crimes of violence. I have been a criminal lawyer for 13 years. In that time approximately 15 of my First Nations clients have died. The majority were young Indigenous girls. ... [read more]