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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Norwich Orders: Getting behind the mask digital_mask_sm

Technology has both lessened and increased people’s ability to stay anonymous in society. Sometimes that anonymity has necessitated the application of old legal and equitable doctrines to new legal problems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Battling delays, gridlock in criminal justice system Prisoner behind bars

Police report crime in Canada based on the Crime Severity Index, an index which includes all Criminal Code and federal statute offences, increased for the fourth consecutive year since 2014. Over two million reports of Criminal Code incidents, with the exclusion of the Highway Traffic Act ones, were reported in 2018, about 69,800 more incidents than in 2017. The increase in the Crime Severity Index indicates more cases will be before the courts. Systemic delays in the Canadian Superior Courts of Justice will most probably follow into the courts of justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Trial judge ‘failed to give proper consideration’ to events leading to self-defence, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted an acquittal for a youth charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and careless use of a firearm, after he shot at a group of men who attacked him, mortally injuring one. The court noted that the trial judge “erred in her conclusion regarding self-defence.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

‘Pill Mill’ manslaughter case could impact Canadian response to opioid crisis | Laurelly Dale

We are at the S-O-S stage of the fentanyl and opioid crisis. Predictably, our first response was to blame the addicts, throwing them in jail for as long as possible. Shockingly, the crisis didn’t go away. A wider net was cast. Prescribing doctors in the U.S. were next. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Ontario spending $6 million to fight crime in priority areas

The Ontario government is investing $6 million over three years to help police fight crime in priority areas. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 10:55 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 4:13 PM

Lawyers praise Gascon’s contributions to SCC and Canadian civil and common law Doug_Mitchell

Departing Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon is described by court watchers as a “rigorous,” “fair-minded” and “supremely diligent” judge whose opinions developed both the civil and common law during his five years at the highest court. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 12:50 PM

Nova Scotia Crowns head back to bargaining table

Nova Scotia’s Crown attorneys walked off the job Wed., Oct. 23 after the government unexpectedly and unilaterally introduced legislation that would take away their right to binding arbitration and at the same time seemingly end their ability to strike. Now in another surprise move, Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government has announced that despite pushing through Bill 203, the Crown Attorneys’ Labour Relations Act, in little more than a week, it will not proclaim the law, which was officially passed in the legislative assembly on Oct. 25. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

Law Society of Ontario reduces annual fees, accepts Rosenthal’s return despite objections Teresa Donnelly sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a “streamlined” budget for 2020, which Audit and Finance Committee chair Teresa Donnelly called “responsible.” The budget reduces the lawyer and paralegal annual fees and it keeps the regulator on track to replenish the compensation fund, which took a hit in the middle of the past decade. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 8:24 AM


Appeal by the accused, Asselin, from a conviction for common law contempt of court. ... [read more]