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Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:35 AM

B.C. Supreme Court to resume in-person registry services

The B.C. Attorney General’s court services branch has confirmed that all Supreme Court registries will be open for in-person services on July 13. As of that date, materials may be filed at the registry. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 3:39 PM

Ottawa, Assembly of First Nations sign agreement on child and family services

The federal government and the Assembly of First Nations have agreed to a protocol aimed at advancing an historic law passed last year which reformed Indigenous child and family services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 5:48 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Circumstances - Unmanageable children - Medical and psychological treatment

Appeal by EMY from a secure treatment order. The order placed the appellant, a child in care, in a treatment facility. The appellant argued the judge erred in admitting an affidavit filed by the Minister because it contained inadmissible hearsay. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Nova Scotia courts make masks mandatory

Visitors to Nova Scotia’s courts are now required to wear a face mask in all common areas, including entrance lobbies, elevators, interview rooms and waiting spots. The mandatory wearing of non-medical masks (NMM) started July 6, after Nova Scotia Judiciary’s Court Recovery Committee recommended their use “in situations where exposure to crowded public spaces was unavoidable and consistent physical distancing was not possible.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Ontario courts resume in-person proceedings despite lingering health concerns Paul Cavalluzzo sm

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is reopening courtrooms as scheduled the week of July 6-10 amid growing concern among Crown attorneys and other courthouse workers about the risks of returning to in-person proceedings. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Experts weigh in on Manitoba’s step toward modernizing courts Michael _Karanicolas_sm

Tech-minded legal experts are lauding Manitoba’s plan to develop an “Integrated Case Management” system in a bid to modernize its courts and bring better access to justice to the province. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Remote hearings, examination of witnesses: Practicalities online_courtroom_sm

Because of the current pandemic crisis, it appears from the emerging case law that remote hearings are deemed acceptable notwithstanding the various concerns. What then are best practices to ensure that ethical standards are met in remote hearings and examinations? We continue the list that we began in our first article in this series: ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

If I could talk to the animals, I’d tell them why I love Lucy | Marcel Strigberger

I came across an interesting article by B.C. lawyer Victoria Shroff who practises and teaches animal law. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Quebec justice makes ‘giant strides’ with addition of Digital Court Office, bar president says Paul-Matthieu Grondin

With its recent implementation of an online filing system, Quebec is joining the growing ranks of Canadian jurisdictions that are accelerating the technological shift in the justice system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Court Office of Quebec, launched in mid-June, will allow any person to file a pleading with the Quebec Superior Court and the Court of Quebec, a development widely embraced by Quebec’s legal community. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 12:15 PM

Ontario ombudsman report highlights ‘appalling’ jail conditions, COVID-19 complaints Paul Dubé sm

Hailing the past 12 months as a “year like no other,” the Ontario ombudsman has released a fiscal 2019-20 report that highlights, among other things, his office’s handling of more than 800 COVID-19-related complaints and inquiries, about 600 Landlord and Tenant Board complaints and a record number of complaints about Ontario correctional facilities — more than 6,000. ... [read more]