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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Courts can learn to modernize through COVID-19 crisis, experts say Trevor_Farrow_sm

Courts relying on the news media to provide openness after barring the general public from proceedings during the COVID-19 outbreak has cast light on the justice system’s lack of progress in using social media and technology to stay accessible, legal minds say. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 10:43 AM

Criminal lawyers group urges courts to ‘implement systems’ for remote access in wake of COVID-19 Cassandra_DeMelo_sm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) rallied its 1,500 members to volunteer and be present at every courthouse in Ontario over the past week. According to a release, the goal was to “secure the release of hundreds of persons who might otherwise have been at high risk of infection while incarcerated.” However, with the risk to counsel being real as well, CLA president John Struthers released a statement that said it is “with regret, and in order to protect our members and the public: The Criminal Lawyers’ Association has determined that we must have our volunteers leave all courthouses after Friday, March 20th at 12 noon.” ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Confessions and statements by the accused - Voluntariness

Appeal by the accused from conviction of first degree murder. The victim was the appellant’s former spouse. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

B.C. Supreme Court suspends regular operations due to COVID-19, some provincial courts closed

Effective March 19 and until further notice, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has suspended regular operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Yukon courts amend procedures in light of COVID-19

The Supreme Court and Territorial Court of Yukon are implementing a number of measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 3:15 PM

Nunavut Court of Justice suspends regular operations; Appeal Court cancels May sitting

Widespread court proceedings in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut are being suspended in response to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Run but not hide: ‎Collection challenges for securities regulators money_magnet_sm

The ease with which securities misconduct permeates national borders contributes to the collection ‎challenges faced by securities regulators. However, an upcoming decision of the Nevada Supreme Court may signal a significant change for Canadian securities regulators attempting to enforce disgorgement orders against Canadian nationals residing in the United States. ... [read more]