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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Fantastic truths, where to find them: Depp’s sunken libel claim Skull

In the middle of a global pandemic, you could be forgiven for not keeping tabs on Johnny Depp’s libel case against the British tabloid newspaper, The Sun. However, the recently released judgment was brought Depp’s behaviour back into the spotlight, and not in the way he had hoped. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

Credibility, reliability keys to sex assault appeal addledheadshot

Sexual assaults are some of the most heinous crimes perpetrated in our society. The effects are long lasting for victims. The intergenerational trauma which can result from such assaults is significant. This is why such matters are treated as they are. However, the criminal justice system is built on a bedrock of only punishing those which the state has proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Society can lose faith in the justice system if wrongdoers are not punished but even more so should a wrongful conviction ensue. It is these competing interests that trial judges must consider as they assess evidence which is presented to them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 6:21 AM

PROCEDURE - Crown’s duties - Disclosure

Application by the accused for an order requiring the Crown to redact information that would reveal his and his father’s addresses from their disclosure brief. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada supreme_court_question_sm

There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Manitoba courts clamp down after COVID-19 alert issued for Winnipeg region

Two of Manitoba’s courts have enacted heightened health screening for visitors while another has reverted to remote hearings after a critical alert was issued for the Winnipeg area following a spike in COVID-19 numbers. As of Nov. 3, the provincial court and Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg enacted enhanced screening at courthouse entry points, while the Manitoba Court of Appeal returned to hearing matters via video and teleconference after a short period of resuming some in-person appearances. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

How to allocate limited criminal justice funds | Adriana Ortiz

As a criminal defence lawyer who has practised law both in Canada and abroad, I can tell you that the criminal justice system is generally not the way to resolve social ills. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 11:31 AM

Stewart McKelvey partner to head up N.L. police complaints commission

Stewart McKelvey announced that St. John’s partner Twila Reid has been appointed the new commissioner of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Public Complaints Commission, effective immediately. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

Quebec court applies Jordan ceilings in tax evasion case Sarah Gorguos

A Quebec man who was accused of tax evasion by provincial tax authorities won an important legal battle after the Court of Quebec applied the landmark Jordan ruling and ordered a stay of proceedings and charges. ... [read more]