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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Women fleeing abuse affected by COVID-19 Man threatening woman

The connection between COVID-19 and the safety of women living in or attempting to flee abusive relationships may not be immediately obvious, but those of us practising family law, in particular, need to be aware of it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Ottawa appoints one judge to Ontario Superior Court, promotes another

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on March 16 announced the appointment of two judges in the province of Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process Arbitration form

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently taken the opportunity in the companion cases of Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66 to revisit the treatment of appeals of administrative decisions as well as judicial review and has rewritten the law governing two matters of administrative law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND SEPARATION AGREEMENTS - Consensus, lack of - Unconscionable transactions

Appeal by the wife from trial judgment refusing to set aside the parties’ marriage agreement and to reapportion the assets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 4:19 PM

Ontario Superior Court suspends all operations including criminal cases

To protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Superior Court of Justice announced that it is suspending all regular operations, effective March 17 and until further notice. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

It doesn’t end just because she moves out Upset woman

When a woman who has been living in an abusive relationship makes the difficult decision to leave her partner, she hopes to leave the abuse behind. Sadly, in most cases, the abuse will follow her out the door and remain a defining factor in her life — and the lives of her children — for months and even years. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:38 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

Alberta courts announce measures to deal with COVID-19 fallout

The Alberta courts have issued a number of directives in order to deal with the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 12:35 PM

B.C. modifies court procedures in response to COVID-19

The courts in British Columbia have adopted a number of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]