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Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

New Ontario family law project helps lawyers provide unbundled services Tami Moscoe sm photo by Angelyn Francis

The launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project is being lauded by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) as well as by members of the family bar and bench as a “tremendous achievement” in improving access to justice. The project, which officially launched March 19, provides an online directory of lawyers who provide limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases for Ontarians searching for unbundled services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Four associates join Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson announced that associates Eric Laxton, Asim Iqbal and Eduard Popov have joined the Toronto office, while associate Rebecca Grosz is the newest member of the firm’s office in Vaughan, Ont. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 5:42 PM

Budget 2019 includes more cash for reconciliation, immigration legal aid and judges for Federal Court Bill Morneau

Annual updates to federal regulations, a broadened money laundering offence, more judges and cash for the Federal Court and a boost for immigration legal aid are among the justice-related measures Ottawa announced in the 2019 federal budget. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Standing

Application by the defendant for an order dismissing the plaintiff’s claim on the grounds that it was a collateral attack. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Saskatchewan legal information project aims to increase access to justice using public libraries Brea_Lowenberger_sm

A program better equipping Saskatchewan's public libraries to provide legal information has proven to be successful, well attended and lauded by lawyers, says an organizer.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

In search of the civilized divorce negotiated_divorce_sm

At the end of the movie The War of the Roses, divorce lawyer, Gavin D’Amato (played by Danny Devito) advises a client who is contemplating divorce that he has two options: either move forward with the divorce with the goal of getting through it “as quickly and cleanly as possible so you can begin rebuilding your life” or return to his spouse and attempt to repair his marriage. His sage advice was borne out of his experience that, in divorce, “there is no winning, only degrees of losing.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Variation or termination of obligation

Appeal by the father from an order dismissing his application for variation of a lump sum child support award and extraordinary expenses based on material change in circumstances and granting the mother’s application to enforce payment and have previous cost orders characterized as maintenance which survived the father’s bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

From tools and tech to relationships and respect | Kurt Sandstrom

The justice sector has been the subject of intense scrutiny over recent years. This has both compelled and inspired us to seek new and innovative ways of ensuring access to justice for all British Columbians. We have pursued principled, achievable and meaningful initiatives that address both the relatively simple and the more complex issues facing the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Nova Scotia vulnerable feel ‘helplessness and disappointment’ in accessing justice, official says Luther

Nova Scotia has been pairing cutting-edge data gathering with old-fashioned legwork to address a lack of access to justice for the province’s most vulnerable — many of whom, it was found, have given up on the justice system. ... [read more]