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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:35 PM

Halifax court to hear in-person motions for directions

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court in Halifax will soon begin hearing in-person motions for directions, further expanding its attempts to return to normal operations. According to a Nov. 4 news release, the court’s general division will begin dealing with all motions for directions at the Law Courts of Halifax as in-person matters, starting Nov. 16. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

Lavery adds partner, three associates

Lavery Lawyers announced the arrival of four new professionals to its team. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Paralegals and access to justice | Grazia Condello paralegal_sm

Long before becoming a licensed paralegal, I began my career in 1998 as a law clerk in a law firm. Part of my role involved reviewing disclosure and going to the Law Library at 130 Queen St. in Toronto to research case law (before legal research was revolutionized by the Internet). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Canada has mixed approach on regulating paralegals; greater acceptance needed: industry voices paralegal sm

A handful of Canada’s law societies continue to wrestle with the possibility of regulating paralegals, but lawyers at large must first be willing to accept them, appreciate their abilities and relinquish some “turf” in the name of greater access to justice, voices in the industry say. Judi Simms, of the Paralegal Society of Canada, said this greater acceptance of paralegals would be essential if additional jurisdictions are going to regulate them and expand the services non-lawyer practitioners are able to provide to the public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Is SCC looking like SCOTUS?: The language in Fraser v. Canada supreme_court_question_sm

There’s something afoot in the Supreme Court of Canada. And it adds heavy fuel to the debate about the extent to which the court is becoming politicized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Manitoba courts clamp down after COVID-19 alert issued for Winnipeg region

Two of Manitoba’s courts have enacted heightened health screening for visitors while another has reverted to remote hearings after a critical alert was issued for the Winnipeg area following a spike in COVID-19 numbers. As of Nov. 3, the provincial court and Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg enacted enhanced screening at courthouse entry points, while the Manitoba Court of Appeal returned to hearing matters via video and teleconference after a short period of resuming some in-person appearances. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

Self-represented or unrepresented? | Pamela Cross

There is a lot of talk these days about people who make their way through what are often complex legal situations without the assistance of a lawyer. Almost universally, they are referred to as self-represented litigants (SLRs). I want to challenge the lumping of all people without lawyers under this same heading. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Dunton Rainville adds two lawyers to Montreal office

Dunton Rainville announced that associates Jade Poissant and Gabrielle Chaput have joined the Montreal office after having completed their respective professional internships with the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]