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Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 11:31 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Lawyers, law society, illusion of power, proposal for change paralegal image sm

There is unrest in the forest, there is trouble with the trees. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario family law event details recent innovations in service delivery LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly

The Law Society of Ontario’s Family Law Action Plan and initiatives by frontline family lawyers are making family law services more accessible than ever to ordinary litigants, says the society’s treasurer. Family lawyers and other attendees were treated to a whirlwind tour of some of those initiatives at an Oct. 28 virtual event during Ontario’s Access to Justice Week titled Family Justice System: Access to Justice and the Changing Landscape. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

Covert socio-legal implications of self-representation in smaller communities Woman with broken piggy bank

In the wake of detrimental socioeconomic realities arising from COVID-19’s impact, self-represented litigants experience more unique challenges in family law matters involving intimate partner violence and coercive control. This holds especially true for self-represented litigants in smaller communities, where the availability of legal counsel may be limited. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Current model of lawyering unequally distributes legal power in society, scholar says Joshua_Sealy-Harrington

Substantive change is required in the legal system — and legal education — to meaningfully address access to justice and systemic racism. That was the message from scholars who spoke on an Oct. 26 panel set up as part of Access to Justice Week. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Spousal support - Needs and means test

Appeal by the wife from a chambers judge’s decision reducing spousal support and cancelling a life insurance requirement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 11:17 AM

Increasing challenges with high conflict family cases Man and woman heads in profile

While most parents who separate are able to make plans for their children on a consensual basis, perhaps with the assistance of lawyers or mediators, there has been a marked increase in the number of high conflict disputes that require resolution in Canada’s family courts. We report here on some preliminary findings on our research project on high conflict family cases in Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Family cottage: How it can cause conflict, give rise to litigation Cottage

“Nature is not a place to visit — it is home.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 11:14 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

New student-run pro bono animal law clinic victory for access to justice | Victoria Shroff

Access to justice for animals in B.C. just got a boost. In a Canadian legal first, the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) in Vancouver has launched a brand new animal law pro bono clinic (ALCP) aimed at low-income individuals who have animal law cases such as “dangerous” or “aggressive” dogs, human rights issues involving animals, animals in tenancy issues and more. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]