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Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

In family law, jurisdiction where relationship ends more important than where it began | Sarah Boulby

One of the challenges that family lawyers face in advising clients is having to explain the many ways in which a client’s reasonable expectation about his or her rights when a marriage end differs from what the law provides.  This is true of many aspects of family law but can be most striking in multi-jurisdictional cases in which a family have moved during their relationship. Family law is location specific, not family specific. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Expanding paralegals' services draws criticism from legal profession

This week's recommendation by the Family Legal Services Review that paralegals should be allowed to work some cases without the supervision of a lawyer has alarmed some in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Drawing the fine line between zealous advocacy and incivility

Like American politics, the legal profession has suffered a decline in civility. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Hamilton council to vote on cutting edge transgender protection protocol

On March 8, Hamilton city council will vote on a protocol for gender identity and gender expression that will protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming persons in public spaces. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 3:34 PM

B.C. law society pushes for more publicly funded legal aid

The Law Society of British Columbia unanimously voted on March 3 to support a vision for publicly funded legal aid, which was brought forth by the society’s Legal Aid Task Force. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Rethink the billable hour to give middle class access to justice | Julius Melnitzer

The best thing the legal profession’s regulators could do to ensure access to justice for the middle class is to ban hourly billing — or at least mandate some sense into its use. ... [read more]

Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

Let paralegals handle some family court cases, report recommends

The Family Legal Services Review released March 6 by Justice Annemarie Bonkalo is creating a controversial reaction in Ontario due to her recommendations around allowing paralegals to provide certain family law services unsupervised, which would include appearing in court. ... [read more]

Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

Revised Newfoundland family court rules aim for faster, fairer resolutions

New rules have come into effect in family court in Newfoundland and Labrador to promote the just, timely and cost-effective resolutions of cases. ... [read more]

Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

Detained immigrant children 'legally invisible' in Canada, report claims Invisible Citizens

In Toronto alone, more than 200 children have been kept in immigration detention since 2011. Children are held because their parents are being detained. ... [read more]

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 3:02 PM

Access to Justice: Thinking big about access to justice | Thomas Cromwell

Access to justice is the biggest challenge facing our legal system. And just about every lawyer I know cares deeply about the health of that system and many are trying to help. But do we understand the problem and are we making progress? Those questions will be the jumping off spot for my exclusive to The Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice in the coming months. ... [read more]