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Friday, August 06, 2021 @ 11:16 AM

Quebec courts ‘taking full responsibility for domestic violence cases,’ author says Suzanne Zaccour

A man who subjected his ex-wife to nine years of domestic violence was ordered by the Quebec Superior Court to pay her nearly $47,000 in damages, the second time in less than a month that a Quebec court ordered an abusive spouse to pay damages for the violence they inflicted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 1:32 PM

Overprotected: Section 3 counsel and Britney Spears Heart in a cage

On July 14, 2021, Britney Spears was granted the right to hire her own lawyer to free herself from her conservatorship. The Ontario equivalent is a “‘guardianship” not “conservatorship.” You can read more about the differences between a guardianship and conservatorship here. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

Is sale of property in family law dispute ‘necessary’ or ‘expedient’? Large house with for sale sign in front

The family home is often a point of heated contention between divorcing spouses. Often, the home is the couple’s most valuable asset, or at least one of the most valuable. Further, family homes often carry with them sentimental value, family memories, as well provide an anchor of familiarity and comfort during the otherwise unfamiliar and turbulent time of separation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

So, you want to be a judge? Latest demographics of lawyers who made it onto federal benches

If you are an accomplished 51-year-old female civil litigator practising in Toronto, new demographic data suggest you’ve hit a sweet spot for appointment to the federal judiciary. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 04, 2021 @ 9:13 AM

Federal judges say pay package is getting too low to attract ‘outstanding’ private bar lawyers Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Martel Popescul

Canada’s federal judges — in the midst of seeking an increase to their indexed half-million-dollar pay and pension package — are expressing “deep concern” that a declining number of private bar lawyers with higher incomes are applying to join their bench due to its comparatively lower pay and demanding workload.    ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Things we can do if we’re serious about self-reps | Joel Miller

In the three previous articles in this series, we’ve looked at how economists and social scientists have developed concepts and principles that we can apply to our family justice system if we accept that it no longer adequately services everyone seeking a judicial remedy for a family law problem. In this article and the next we’ll turn to real life things that we can do to bring family law into the modern consumer age without tearing down the existing system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 @ 10:07 AM

Court ‘clarifies’ standard of review for jury decisions on damages in wrongful death: counsel Luke Hamer, Smitiuch Injury Law

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed multiple appeals from a landlord ordered to pay damages after a tenant died in a fire, in a decision, counsel said, that “sets a new benchmark for Family Law Act damages.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 2:22 PM

COVID-19 judicial action committee publishes progress report

A special committee established to help Canada’s courts deal with the pandemic has “sparked innovation” and created “a window of opportunity to make lasting changes to the justice system,” states the federal government. ... [read more]

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 5:42 AM


Appeal by the husband from a decision of a motion judge declaring that a cohabitation agreement with the respondent was of no force and effect. The parties began an off-and-on-again relationship in 2006, with numerous separations. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:06 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador strikes agreement with feds for $10 a day child care

On July 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Andrew Furey, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced an agreement to support $10 a day childcare for regulated daycare spaces in 2023. ... [read more]