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Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 12:39 PM

How to fight systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman

For Indigenous and racialized lawyers and judges, the experience of racial profiling occurs when entering courthouses and being seen as either an offender or a victim. On page 22 in the “Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples” a joint project of The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario, it is noted that there has been and continues to be a distrust in the Canadian legal system by Indigenous peoples for good reasons: ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

B.C. Supreme Court releases info on courtroom procedures, chambers applications

The Supreme Court of British Columbia is advising the public that changes to court configurations and some in-court processes are required to comply with public health directives and orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as trials resume at some locations in the province on June 8. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 2:56 PM

N.S. Court of Appeal expands remote hearings

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal announced that it is expanding the types of matters that can be heard remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 2:53 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 10:57 AM

N.S. Supreme Court lifts suspension of filing deadlines, restarts normal filing process

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is lifting a suspension of filing deadlines it had imposed as part of efforts to cope with the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Beset by ‘blizzard of words,’ Ontario Court of Appeal chides verbose trial judges

In what it calls an “unfortunately growing trend,” the Ontario Court of Appeal has chided trial judges for delivering overly long reasons for decisions that amount to “factual data dumps.” Concluding an otherwise unremarkable decision May 27 in Welton v. United Lands Corporation Limited 2020 ONCA 322, Justice Peter Lauwers pointed to electronic note-taking by judges as a possible suspect behind “this emerging style” — but “it is not helpful and can be confusing,” he lamented. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench updates procedures for criminal court appearances, family cases

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has announced new directives on criminal appearance court and judicial case conferences as courts in the province continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

SCC poised for first virtual appeal hearing; Zoom ‘observers’ to see novel contract, criminal cases Emily Kirkpatrick

The Supreme Court of Canada is opening its virtual courtroom doors next week by pioneering Zoom hearings in several civil and criminal appeals that raise novel issues of undue trial delay, pre-incorporation contracts in strata developments and entrapment in “dial-a-dope” operations. Up until 1 p.m. (EDT) June 5, the public and media can ask the top court to register them for an unspecified number of “first-come, first-served” Zoom “observer” spots in each of four cases (including one oral leave application), to be argued from June 9 to June 12. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Genocide against Indigenous women and girls continues | Pamela Palmater

Under the guise of elections, holidays, pipelines and pandemics, genocide against Indigenous women and girls in Canada has been allowed to continue unabated with no plan to end it in sight. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Academics studying effects of COVID-19 pandemic on law Louise Langevin

Quebec law faculties, having decided to offer courses remotely in the fall in light of health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, are now also ramping up research efforts to assess the impact pandemics may have on law and the practice of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

Floyd shines light on systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman

The United States is engulfed in protests because yet another police officer, aided by other officers, has used unlawful lethal force to kill a black man. This time it happened in Minneapolis, but unfortunately it is all too common in North America for black men to be killed by law enforcement. Black lives matter. In the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic slave trade started as European colonizers decimated the populations of Native peoples. White plantation owners in the aftermath of genocidal policies against native peoples replaced the enslavement of native peoples with the enslavement of people kidnapped from Africa. On stolen native lands, black lives were not honoured or protected.  ... [read more]