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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 2:09 PM

Will new Divorce Act keep women and children fleeing abuse safe? Gaps Broken family on cliff

The revised Divorce Act, coming into effect on July 1, offers both pros and cons for survivors of family violence. The pros outweigh the cons, and create the potential for parents who have left an abusive relationship and who use the federal statute to establish parenting arrangements to be better served by the law than they have been to date. However, there are some significant gaps. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench issues new directive on with notice applications

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench announced that it has updated its procedures on with notice applications in civil justice chambers. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

Leading the way forward: Modernizing access to justice | Colin Stevenson

The winds of change have been blowing hard lately, but the saying “it’s an ill wind that blows no good” suggests that even something as thoroughly devastating and unwelcome as the COVID-19 pandemic can hopefully facilitate some positive change in the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Virtual mediation: Temporary or here to stay? | Stuart Rudner

While the technology has been around for a while, the need for virtual mediation was never as great as it is now. Previously, most litigators scoffed at the notion that a virtual mediation would be a worthwhile endeavour, but at the moment it is the only option and, more importantly, it has proven to be extremely effective. So, is virtual mediation just a temporary solution during these unprecedented times, or a viable alternative to the traditional in-person format? ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Halifax’s domestic violence court to restart

One of Nova Scotia’s two courts specializing in domestic violence will soon resume hearings for scheduled matters via telephone and start docketing new applications to the program later this summer. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Court tech lessons from those who’ve been conducting remote trials for years | Naomi Sayers

Circuit courts are the norm in northern or rural regions across Canada. These courts travel to different regions where there is no local courthouse. I was first introduced to circuit courts when I lived and worked in Northern Alberta, working with Indigenous youth. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 12:07 PM

Feds appoint eight judges to Ontario Superior Court

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on May 22 announced eight judicial appointments to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

New judge appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court announced that Diane Rowe, a former senior solicitor with the provincial government, has been appointed to the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 9:31 AM

Advocacy: What works and what doesn’t bullets_mouth_sm

Much has been written about effective advocacy. There are courses designed to assist lawyers in being or becoming persuasive both orally and in writing. One of the most prized skills for both barrister and solicitor is the ability to present and convince your audience, your client, the opposite lawyer and/or party of the correctness of your position. Your value as counsel is greatly enhanced by an ability to do so. While some are born with this talent, many are not and must learn through experience and mentoring. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

Charlottetown firm joins Cox & Palmer

Cox & Palmer announced that the lawyers of a Charlottetown law firm have joined Cox & Palmer’s Charlottetown office. ... [read more]