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Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

How lawyers can stay safe in family violence cases Woman pushing against fist

Early in my law career, the opposing party on a family law file involving family violence was representing himself. I was retained on a bare bones legal aid certificate. In my naivete and desire to save my client the cost of hiring a process server, I decided to serve her ex myself. Fortunately for me, I did so without incident. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Legal Aid Manitoba encouraged by response to weekend phone-in bail court

Legal aid officials in Manitoba have seen a “positive” response in their search for outside criminal lawyers to work a planned phone-in weekend bail court for the province’s remote north.   ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Ottawa appoints two judges in B.C.

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on Dec. 20 announced the appointment of two judges in British Columbia. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 6:17 AM

PROCEDURE - Trial judge's duties - Assessing credibility of witnesses

Appeal by the accused, MS, from convictions for sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 12:50 PM

Election commissioners need more power, independence | Stéphanie Plante

Of all the headlines coming out of Alberta these days, the firing of election commissioner Lorne Gibson may not be the most gripping but for anyone involved in administrative, election or criminal law, this controversy, and its aftermath is a good refresher as to the role of an election commissioner, why Canada has a patchwork of legislation surrounding commissioners and their duties and the powers they have under provincial and federal election laws. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 10:32 AM

Two new judges appointed to Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 19 announced the appointment of two new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 2:20 PM

Canada’s ‘Warren’ court: Early criminal law cases under Chief Justice Wagner | Lawrence David

A contextually sensitive comparison of the Supreme Court of Canada’s criminal law jurisprudence in the early days of Richard Wagner’s chief justiceship draws favourable parallels to the heralded civil libertarian jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in the early 1960s. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Problems with zero THC limits for drivers car&

Determining an appropriate legal limit for THC while driving is an ongoing endeavour. While the Canadian government set the legal limits at 5 nanograms per millilitre of blood or 2.5 nanograms per millilitre along with 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to be equated to the existing per se limits for alcohol, a lower number of 2 nanograms per millilitre has also been set for a low blood drug offence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Law societies adopting rules to fight money-laundering clients Leah_Kosokowsky_sm

The new year will bring new rules for Manitoba’s lawyers and many of their peers across the country when it comes to safeguarding themselves against being unwittingly used in money laundering schemes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 4:52 PM

Bar lauds new Liberal plan to fix miscarriages of justice but slams inaction on mandatory penalties David Lametti

Lawyers are expressing disappointment that fixing mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) is not on the federal government’s new list of justice priorities, but they are also welcoming Liberal commitments to stump up more cash to hire judges and Crowns and to create an independent body to review allegedly wrongful convictions. ... [read more]