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Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Let’s play Jeopardy: I’ll take ‘Expert in Ottawa’ for $300 | Murray Gottheil

When I practised law in Mississauga, Ont., our fees were cheap compared to the Toronto firms, and kind of expensive compared to firms in places like Guelph, Belleville and Kingston. I occasionally wondered whether my clients might prefer to deal with firms in smaller cities at lower rates. Then I would reassure myself that doing so would be terribly inconvenient for them and that they would rather pay more to deal with me. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 4:12 PM

George Strathy: The exit interview TLD Exclusive

Ontario’s former chief justice’s parting words of wisdom to the profession are, by his own admission, not “original,” but nonetheless poignant: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” “I think, as a profession, we are hard on each other. Yes, we’re adversaries, but it’s one thing to advance the interests of your clients, and it’s another to be hard on your opponent,” explained George Strathy in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 12:39 PM

Ontario invests over $1 million in expanding video and surveillance systems

Ontario is expanding video and surveillance systems with an investment of “almost $1.8 million.” According to a government release, issued Sept. 16, the funding is “being delivered through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program and will be used to replace outdated equipment, expand or enhance current technology, and install new or additional CCTV surveillance cameras in areas where gun and gang violence and correlated crimes, such as drug and human trafficking, are most prevalent.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Quebec’s chief justices call for modernization of court system Manon Savard

The chief justices of four courts, addressing hundreds of judges and lawyers in person at the Montreal courthouse for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, broadly outlined their priorities and concerns at Quebec’s opening of the courts ceremony, from the promise and pitfalls of technology to modernize the justice system to the debilitating impact of chronic underfinancing, to the erosion of decorum in the courtroom and the pernicious effects of disparaging social media comments. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 2:15 PM

Ukraine, Russia and the International Court of Justice, part five World Court

The International Court of Justice must take into consideration the proper construction of, at minimum, Article I, VIII and IX of the Genocide Convention when considering its jurisdiction in the matter of Ukraine v. Russia Court No. 156413. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 12:01 PM

Manitoba appoints new associate chief judge in provincial court

The Manitoba government has appointed Lee Ann Martin as associate chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced on Sept. 14. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 11:53 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal reduces sentence for sexual offences on Gladue analysis

Failure of the lower court to conduct a Gladue analysis resulted in the Court of Appeal of Alberta reducing the sentence of a man convicted of nine sexual offences against two underaged girls. The decision announced on Sept. 2 in R. v. Dichrow, 2022 ABCA 282 reduced the global sentence of Tyson Dichrow from eight years to seven years. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 11:38 AM

Court uses ‘parens patriae’ to allow parents visits with child in foster care

A Manitoba court’s unusual step of granting biological parents weekly visits with a child in permanent foster care signals a need for social workers to “think outside the box” and lawyers to co-operate when unrelated criminal charges are involved in child welfare cases, says counsel involved.     ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 2:41 PM

Decision involving hypnosis, Mr. Big, unveils obstacles to fact finding Hypnosis

In the book, The Plea of Innocence: Restoring Truth to the American Justice System, to be released Oct. 4, American law professor Tim Bakken argues that the adversarial system that we use in North America distorts the ability of courts to search for the whole truth and nothing but the truth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

Decision ‘reaffirms’ principled exception to hearsay rule, ‘Mr. Big’ statement admissibility: lawyer

In the case of a murdered 12-year-old girl in the late 1970s, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia has upheld a lower court’s decision, ruling statements made by witnesses before they were hypnotized were admissible under the principled exception to the hearsay rule. The court also ruled that the trial judge’s decision is owed deference on the reliability and admissibility of confessions made by the appellant in a Mr. Big operation. ... [read more]