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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

COVID-19: Family law going forward | Gary Joseph

The rush to find alternate ways to assist clients is remarkable. The level of suffering from this pandemic is undeniable but for the family law bar, adversity has spawned a reinvigorated effort to find ways to move matters forward, creatively craft dispute resolution methods and work towards settlement. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Duty at ‘all stages’ of child protection investigations owed to child, court rules Elizabeth_Bowker_sm

In a decision regarding flawed tests conducted by the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (MDTL), the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that the duty of Children’s Aid Societies in child protection proceedings is owed to the child and not the parents or siblings. The appeals in J.B. v. Ontario (Child and Youth Services) 2020 ONCA 198, sprang from the flawed test results conducted by MDTL, located at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

COVID-19 may play havoc with divorced parents’ March break plans COVID-19 travel

As the global impact of the COVID-19 continues to develop, we are discovering the many unforeseen ways it affects the everyday lives of Canadians. For the segment of our population consisting of separated or divorced parents who had travel or other plans for their children over March break, the full ramifications of the pandemic are unfolding. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

B.C. Supreme Court suspends regular operations due to COVID-19, some provincial courts closed

Effective March 19 and until further notice, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has suspended regular operations of the Supreme Court of British Columbia at all of its locations to protect the health and safety of court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

INTERPRETATION - Express terms

Appeal by the husband from summary judgment permitting the wife’s father to register a demand mortgage for $165,000 against the husband’s former marital home owned by both spouses. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Yukon courts amend procedures in light of COVID-19

The Supreme Court and Territorial Court of Yukon are implementing a number of measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 3:15 PM

Nunavut Court of Justice suspends regular operations; Appeal Court cancels May sitting

Widespread court proceedings in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut are being suspended in response to COVID-19. ... [read more]