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Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

Saskatchewan may regulate paralegals to solve ‘access to justice crisis,’ says scholar Sarah_Buhler_sm

In a bid to cope with an “access to justice crisis,” a task team in Saskatchewan is exploring the option of using regulated paralegals as a way of expanding the roles of non-lawyers in that province, says a Saskatoon scholar. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Staffing, legal aid issues plaguing B.C. courtrooms: lawyers Richard Fowler, Fowler Blok Law

Concerns are being raised about the lack of sheriffs in British Columbia's courtrooms, a shortfall the provincial attorney general is promising to address. But a prominent criminal lawyer said staffing is only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to issues in B.C.'s judicial system. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:37 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Practice and procedure - Orders - Costs - Impact of bankruptcy

Appeal by the mother of an order of the Superior Court of Justice lifting an automatic stay arising from the appellant’s bankruptcy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS - Types - Cohabitation agreements - Interpretation

Appeal by Metzer of a Superior Court of Justice decision in a dispute involving a cohabitation agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Intellectual disabilities legislation an improvement, but may leave some too vulnerable, says lawyer Michelle_Morgan-Coole_sm

Nova Scotia is set to see new legislation giving adults with intellectual disabilities more freedom and independence after current laws were deemed unconstitutional last year by the province’s highest court. ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:37 AM

The emergence of a legal test in Ontario for enforcing religious marriage contracts

Both in Judaism and Islam, marriages are civil contracts that provide for a monetary amount owed by the husband to the wife. Since Canadian law recognizes the validity of such marriages, where applicable, the terms of these contracts are often raised and disputed in divorce proceedings in Ontario. ... [read more]

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Access to Justice: Interview with Justice George Czutrin | Thomas Cromwell

Family law is a flash point for access to justice. Some jurisdictions report that as many as 70 per cent of family law litigants appear in court without legal representation. And with or without representation, the stress of legal proceedings adds to the burden of an already emotionally charged situation. The impact on children of conflict and delay in its resolution is hard to overestimate. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:28 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Calculation or attribution of income - Financial disclosure - Considerations - Dependent children - Child's age - Child support guidelines - Presumptive rule

Appeal by the father from a special hearing child support judgment. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

Lawyers laud proposed additions to Ontario Human Rights Code, but say more change needed Nadia_Halum_sm

An Ontario MPP’s bid to expand human rights laws could mean “significant” protection for those with a police record or at a socioeconomic disadvantage, but would miss the mark when it comes to furthering safeguards for those needing to help family and other relations, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Missed opportunities when derivative claims for sexual abuse aren't considered

Both physical and psychological injuries affect survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault directly. But in many cases, those close to the survivor are also harmed. Personal injury lawyers must ensure that valid derivative claims of family members are not neglected. ... [read more]