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Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Ontario’s legal aid cuts strike most vulnerable | George Thomson

Compounding the government’s numerous other cuts to programs and services for Ontario’s most vulnerable, Ontario’s attorney general has opted to make things worse by slashing their capacity to receive legal help and to be heard in our courts and tribunals. She and the government have done this by imposing much larger cuts on legal aid than on her Ministry as a whole, protecting other Ministry programs while dramatically reducing access to justice for people who need legal assistance. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Spiegel Sohmer adds two lawyers

Spiegel Sohmer announced that two new lawyers, Talia Bensoussan and Alessandra Lubrina have joined the Montreal firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Determining best interests of trans and gender non-conforming children Transgender_jpg

Family court judges are increasingly being asked to make decisions revolving around a child’s transgender identity or gender non-conforming (GNC) behaviour. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Ottawa appoints three judges to Ontario Superior Court’s family court branch

The federal Department of Justice on May 6 announced the following appointments to support the expansion of Unified Family Courts in Ontario:   ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Ford cuts, Goldstein column, revisited | Scott Reid

It was with dismay bordering on disbelief that I read Sam Goldstein’s article in The Lawyer’s Daily regarding crime victim compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Practice and procedure - Courts - Jurisdiction

Application by the respondent Hill to add a third-party negligence claim to an existing family law proceeding. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 8:36 AM

Access to justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts | Kelly Goldthorpe

“If they actually looked into it, there is more money being spent on lawyer fees and less cases. The people that actually need the system to help them, they aren’t getting the proper support. We have to hold these people accountable. When there’s more money to the lawyers and less money to the people, I’ve got an issue with it.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford, April 22, 2019. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Time to mobilize family law litigants | John-Paul Boyd

Another election has come and gone in Alberta, and with it another opportunity to get family law reform and access to justice on the radar. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Lametti open to ‘good ideas’ from Senate to improve crime, divorce bills, but won’t change MMPs Exclusive

Justice Minister David Lametti tells The Lawyer’s Daily he is open to “good ideas” from the Senate in the coming weeks to improve his government’s divorce (C-78) and criminal procedure (C-75) bills — major reforms he’s determined to get over the legislative finish line before Parliament’s summer break and a fall election. ... [read more]