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Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

B.C. Supreme Court decision in polygamy case raises due process issue: law expert Beverley Baines, Queen's University Faculty of Law

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has rejected a stay of proceedings for two men convicted of having multiple wives, rejecting arguments that the government’s lack of prosecuting them in the past was an admission they believed the Criminal Code’s provisions against polygamy were unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Alternate service delivery, mental health focus of B.C. Law Society for 2018: president Miriam Kresivo, president, Law Society of British Columbia

The new president of the Law Society of British Columbia has an ambitious agenda before her, but says looking into alternative service models for delivering much-needed legal services and ensuring lawyers’ mental health needs are properly addressed will be the society’s focus over the coming months. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 1:59 PM

‘Who gets the dog?’ case could challenge future property disputes, lawyer says Jodi_Lazare_sm

The views of a dissenting judge in an East Coast appeal involving a split couple fighting over a dog could give weight to future cases and challenge property ownership principles when it comes to pets, a legal mind says. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Mapping the demographics of polyamory | John-Paul Boyd

People who are polyamorous are, or prefer to be, involved in more than one intimate relationship at a time. Some polyamorists are involved in stable, long-term loving relationships involving two or more other people. Others are simultaneously engaged in a number of relationships of varying degrees of permanence and commitment. Still others are involved in a web of concurrent relationships which range from short-term relationships that are purely sexual in nature to more enduring relationships characterized by deep emotional attachments. ... [read more]

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Rush to adapt misses the profession’s biggest problem: Unrepresented litigants | Julius Melnitzer

Even genuine self-examination runs the risk of succumbing to navel gazing. So it is with the legal profession these days. Never before have lawyers been so caught up in rapid change. And never before have they taken such a long, hard look at themselves. But in the frenzy to get it all right, the profession is effectively ignoring the biggest, most immediate problem staring down our legal system: the unrepresented litigant. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

MARRIAGE - Annulment of marriage - Prior subsisting marriage - Void or voidable marriage

Application by the husband for a declaration the marriage was void ab initio, striking the wife’s spousal support and property division claims, and extending the time to file a financial statement. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Judge named for new position in Ontario

Karen D.M. Leef has been appointed as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family Court in Durham. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Achieving third party settlements when criminal charges are involved dad_handcuffs_sm

Many family law cases have parallel criminal proceedings. These proceedings may arise from events related to the family law case (domestic assaults, harassment, breach of court orders, etc.) or be totally unrelated. As a result of the adoption of a “zero tolerance” approach by the criminal justice system to allegations of domestic abuse, increasing numbers of family law cases involve criminal charges against one or both of the spouses. ... [read more]