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Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

Saskatchewan may regulate paralegals to solve ‘access to justice crisis,’ says scholar Sarah_Buhler_sm

In a bid to cope with an “access to justice crisis,” a task team in Saskatchewan is exploring the option of using regulated paralegals as a way of expanding the roles of non-lawyers in that province, says a Saskatoon scholar. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:41 AM

Privacy rights apply to travellers’ luggage, court says luggage_search_sm

You may assume that your privacy rights are moot once you enter an airport, and especially so after you watch your luggage drift further and further away from you on a conveyer belt. Yet interestingly, in R. v. Neyazi 2014 ONSC 6838, Ontario’s Superior Court has confirmed that we do in fact have privacy interests in our luggage when we enter an airport — substantial ones. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Legal scholar honoured in Persons Case awards ceremony

Every year, in honour of the Persons Case, the Governor General honours Canadians who have made contributions to the advancement of women's equality. This year, there are five recipients, including a noted legal scholar. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

SCC says conditional sentences are not terms of ‘imprisonment’ leading to immigration deportation Aris Daghighian

In a judgment welcomed by immigration lawyers, but called “disappointing” on the administrative law front, the Supreme Court has ruled that permanent residents sentenced in Canada to conditional sentences cannot be deported for “serious criminality” under s. 36(1)(a) the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:22 PM

Justice Minc has high hopes for Concordia’s jurist in residence program Morton Minc

Justice Morton Minc wants to educate and influence the next generation of lawyers before they even get to law school. That’s why he’s excited to be serving as the first jurist in residence at Montreal's Concordia University. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Staffing, legal aid issues plaguing B.C. courtrooms: lawyers Richard Fowler, Fowler Blok Law

Concerns are being raised about the lack of sheriffs in British Columbia's courtrooms, a shortfall the provincial attorney general is promising to address. But a prominent criminal lawyer said staffing is only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to issues in B.C.'s judicial system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

Appeal Court upholds acquittal of teacher who secretly filmed female students

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld the acquittal of a London high school teacher who secretly filmed female students’ chests and cleavage in a decision which, counsel says, provides an overview of how voyeurism offences will be interpreted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

Moreau named chief justice of Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Justice Mary T. Moreau, a member of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, has been promoted to the role of chief justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Liberals’ tweaks to impaired driving bill can’t fix Charter flaws, lawyer groups say Michael Spratt

The Liberal government has tweaked its proposed drug-and-alcohol-impaired driving legislation, but the changes to Bill C-46 are minor and do not assuage the constitutional concerns raised by major legal organizations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:56 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Procedural rights - Delay - Trial within a reasonable time

Appeal by the accused, Baron, from a conviction for 28 counts of fraud over $5,000. ... [read more]