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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 11:29 AM

B.C. government looking at improving technology in courtrooms B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is studying ways to introduce more technology in courtrooms to improve access to justice and the user experience, but observers are saying such change needs to be considered carefully to ensure it functions properly and is accessible to as many people as possible. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 2:28 PM

Alberta legal aid training program aims for greater understanding of Indigenous issues Danny Lynn, Legal Aid Alberta

The disproportionate impact of Canada’s legal system on Indigenous communities is an issue that has been identified by countless studies and reports, and the organization responsible for legal aid in Alberta says it is working to ensure as many of its lawyers as possible become more aware of it so they can better represent their clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:57 PM

How segregation in incarceration affects proceedings stickfigureinjail.jpg

It’s often easier to avoid thinking about what goes on in jail as it is outside the realm of experience for most lawyers and the public at large. Working in criminal defence means that going to jail and hearing from clients about the conditions is a daily occurrence. It is not something we can ignore, as it affects our clients and in some cases their ability to have a fair trial. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Challenges in litigating AI, focus on transparency, highlighted at LCO event Jill Presser new sm

Technological literacy, transparency, security and client-centred technology were highlighted as emerging legal issues by a panel of experts at “AI for Lawyers: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence in Ontario’s Legal System” hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) at Osgoode Hall Law School. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

B.C. Appeal Court ruling leaves questions about independence of provincial bodies: lawyer Mark Underhill, Arvay Finlay LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled the head of a provincial board tasked with reviewing the cases of people deemed unfit to stand trial does not have the same amount of independence as members of the judiciary have, but the chair’s lawyer is calling the implications of the ruling on other bodies in the province unclear. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 8:51 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Major divorce, criminal law reforms have staggered implementation dates up to two years Tony Paisana

Extensive criminal law and divorce reforms are among 21 federal bills that got royal assent June 21, but many of the changes will only be implemented over the coming weeks and months so provinces and legal practitioners have time to adjust. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Border guards targeting artists for secondary exams artists_immigration_sm

There have been many recent incidents of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers stopping artists for secondary screening when they enter or return to Canada. The incidents have occurred at multiple border crossings, so — not a coincidence. In all cases, a CBSA officer informed the artist that the CBSA officer thought the individual was a drug mule because they were an artist. Status as an artist was one of the important indicators.   ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

Two judges promoted in Nova Scotia

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Nova Scotia: ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Ottawa appoints one judge in Ontario, promotes another

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments in the province of Ontario: ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]