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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. virtual public legal clinic aimed at underserved areas of law, improving equity in articling Jamie Maclaren, Access Pro Bono

British Columbia, like most jurisdictions across the country, is grappling with ways to make sure people are able to access legal services that meet their needs. And a new legal clinic set to launch next year is aimed at not only doing that, but also offering a new articling experience for law students. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 2:07 PM

COVID-19 impact on mediation and Rules of Civil Procedure Scales of justice in the cloud

As COVID-19 continues to cause uncertainty and while impacting the economy and our lives so deeply, many predict that this global pandemic will bring an increase in matters being litigated. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 10:32 AM

Decriminalizing persons with dementia | Heather Campbell Pope

In most cases, using the criminal law to manage a person with dementia’s harmful behaviour is a flawed strategy that will predictably fail. It places unrealistic expectations on an individual who has shown great difficulty or an inability to control impulses. Yet time and again, the blunt force of the justice system is inflicted upon people with dementia who need care and compassion.   ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

How lawyers can learn from failure | Neha Chugh

It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 09, 2021 @ 5:31 AM

TRUSTS - The trustee - Duties of

Appeal by the plaintiff from the dismissal of her actions brought in her personal capacity and as executor of her mother’s estate against the family lawyers, her brother’s estate and his company. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 @ 5:43 AM

CREDITORS AND CLAIMS - Secured creditors - Tax liens - Claims - Disallowance of

Appeal by the Trustee in Bankruptcy from a Registrar’s decision that set aside the Trustee’s disallowance of a secured portion of a proof of claim filed by the Crown on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the costs award against it. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Back to Law School Roundup: News, analysis and opinion Back to Law School

For the second year in row, we have set out to cover the issues and challenges faced by Canadian law schools and students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 01, 2021 @ 8:33 AM

Domestic contracts across borders Hands shaking in front of globe

There are many considerations that go into deciding to relocate to a new jurisdiction. What may not be so apparent, or unfortunately what may even be at the bottom of the to-do list, is ensuring any legal documentation is effective. It may come as a surprise to individuals moving to Ontario that a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement (referred to in this article collectively as a “domestic contract”) executed in their home jurisdiction no longer works. ... [read more]