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Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Crowshoe appointed to Alberta bench

A member of the Piikani Nation — which is one of the three First Nations that comprise the Blackfoot Confederacy — has been named to the provincial court of Alberta. ... [read more]

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:46 AM

Tributes roll in for Chief Justice McLachlin’s remarkable career as judge, leader and role model Group small

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was feeling the love, and no wonder. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - Trials - Motions - Directed verdict

Appeal by the Crown from a directed verdict acquitting the accused, Kelly, of manslaughter. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Employer liability for employees who drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis

For many people, driving an automobile is a daily part of their work routine, either for getting to and returning from work, or for performing the duties of their employment. We do not propose here to examine an employer’s civil or criminal liability in situations where employees go about these activities in a normal way. Rather, we wish to examine a specific situation that unfortunately is fraught with serious risks for all concerned: an employer’s liability where an employee drives an automobile while intoxicated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

B.C. cannabis sales model ‘fully rooted in the current landscape’ James Munro, McMillan LLP

As the deadline for the legalization of cannabis fast approaches, British Columbia has released some key decisions on marketing and sale of the drug after a month-long public consultation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

How Canada’s military is dealing with inappropriate sexual behaviour | Col. Bruce MacGregor

On December 6, 2017, the Lawyer’s Daily published a commentary entitled “The Unremitting Problem of Sexual Crimes in Canada’s Military.”  To me, as the Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP), this is a very important issue and so I welcome public debate on it. However, it is also vital to discuss it in a way that educates and informs readers as to those efforts we have undertaken to eliminate harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Legal rights - On being charged with an offence - To not be tried or punished again for same offence (double jeopardy)

Appeal by the accused, Samji, from convictions on multiple counts of theft and fraud. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:03 AM

Good advocacy ‘exceptionally’ important to Supreme Court’s incoming judge Martin Sheilah Martin and Anthony Housefather

Litigators take note: the Supreme Court of Canada’s latest nominee says she sets great store by incisive legal advocacy that helps her to do her job. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:48 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

PM respects tradition of alternating top judges between Quebec and rest of Canada, names Wagner the SCC’s new chief justice Beverley McLachlin and Richard Wagner

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Justice Richard Wagner — the top court’s senior Quebec puisne judge — as the 18th chief justice of Canada, succeeding Beverley McLachlin on Dec. 18. ... [read more]

Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Retrial due to judge’s errors ordered for woman convicted of killing her two daughters

A woman found guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of her two young daughters in 2013 will face a new trial after the Quebec Court of Appeal found the trial judge made a series of errors when instructing the jury, partly because of language differences. ... [read more]