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Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

What our courts can and should do to address COVID-19 concerns | Kyla Lee

From what I have heard from court staff, sheriffs and other lawyers, our courts are inadequately prepared to address the COVID-19 outbreak. In British Columbia, there are currently no enhanced sanitation procedures in place. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 10:59 AM - Last Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 5:09 PM

Jury trials nixed over COVID-19; SCC closed to public; courts offer remote hearings, adjournments Vivene Salmon

As concerns mount over the health risks from COVID-19, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has suspended upcoming jury trials, while both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal say they will hear scheduled appeals for the time being, but are advising parties to contact the courts should they wish to appear by video or teleconference, or ask for an adjournment of their cases. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:14 AM

Observers express optimism, support for B.C. First Nations justice strategy CBABC president Ken Armstrong

British Columbia has revealed a strategy for its justice system aimed at reducing the number of Indigenous people who find themselves before criminal courts and ensuring First Nations are more involved in the legal services that affect them. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 8:56 AM

YOUNG PERSONS - Admissibility of statements

Appeal by Joseph from his conviction, by jury, of second degree murder and the adult sentence imposed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

Seizure of counterfeit, pirated goods under IP chapter of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Counterfeit watches

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) creates necessary protections for intellectual property rights essential to innovation and economic growth. Customs officials now will have authority to “initiate border measures” against “suspected counterfeit trademark goods” — in other words, seize suspected counterfeit or pirated goods — that are imported, destined for export, in transit or admitted into or exiting from a free trade zone or a bonded warehouse.  ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 10:57 AM

Military ends prosecution of its top judge, withdraws all charges against Dutil Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil

The Director of Military Prosecutions has withdrawn the four charges that remained against Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil, ending an unprecedented case that exposed serious problems within Canada’s military justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

B.C. unveils legislation to allow for paid leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence B.C. Minister of Labour Harry Bains

The B.C. government has moved to ensure employees who have been forced to deal with domestic or sexual violence have paid time off from work, a move which brings the province more in line with other jurisdictions across Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

Run but not hide: U.S. court to rule on Canadian disgorgement order money_magnet_sm

The Nevada Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal of a Nevada District Court’s decision which, if upheld, will mark the first time a U.S. court recognizes an order from a Canadian securities regulator. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Proposed increase of judicial appointment list to six candidates informed by consultation, AG says Doug_Downey_sm_new

After further consultation with justice stakeholders, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has released his proposed changes to fill judicial vacancies. These revisions have not been introduced in the legislature yet, and legal organizations are continuing to voice their opinions on what they think will work and what needs to change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 1:27 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 9:19 AM

Pluralism in public law shouldn’t be a cover for pursuing judicial preferences: Fed CA Judge Stratas Justice David Stratas

Federal Court of Appeal Justice David Stratas cautions that judges should not develop public law to suit their own personal policy preferences, under the guise of engaging in legal “pluralism.” The judge, a leading thinker on administrative law in Canada, said he shares what he described as University of Ottawa law professor Paul Daly’s perspective that well-established legal doctrine is not “an inconvenient obstacle to progress” ... [read more]