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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Report shows very few Canadians can fully access legal system: author Trevor C.W. Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School

Accessing the legal system is taking a large bite out of average Canadians’ bottom lines and is adding extensive cost to social programs, according to a new report from a think tank dedicated to civil justice reform. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) released its survey data report on “Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada” earlier this month, as part of its larger “Cost of Justice” series. ... [read more]

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Access to justice: New models for legal services | Marcus Sixta

There is a crisis in our court system. Legal representation is beyond the reach of many Canadians, especially in the family law courts. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Cannabis roundup: This week’s legalization opinion and analysis Cannabis legalization

Here is a roundup of all the analysis and opinion pieces we published this week covering the many aspects of cannabis legalization in Canada that came into effect on Oct. 17, 2018. ... [read more]

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Quebec ruling allowing notaries to perform amicable divorces boosts access to justice, says lawyer Nicolas Plourde

A Montreal lawyer who sought to prevent Quebec notaries from performing amicable divorces, amicable legal separation or amicable separation of common law couples, failed in his legal challenge before Quebec Superior Court. In a brief ruling that some legal experts assert further promotes access to justice, Justice Peter Kalichman held the Quebec legislature clearly intended notaries to be able to handle non-contentious legal proceedings dealing with separation or divorce. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

B.C. bar association urging action on ‘acute’ issues with legal aid, auto insurance CBABC president Margaret Mereigh

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the B.C. government to increase funding for legal aid and to make changes to the recently transformed auto insurance system in the province as part of a number of recommendations it says will help to serve modern needs and lead to the efficient resolution of legal conflicts in B.C. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

It’s time to put the we in weed: Family law and legalized cannabis | John-Paul Boyd Usethismoney

Anyone who has practised family law for more than a few months will have ceased to be a stranger to substance use and abuse, by which I mean that the issue of substance comes up in family law files with a frequency that most lawyers, other than defence counsel perhaps, would generally find surprising. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

Indefinite need equals indefinite child support Family support

The Supreme Court of Canada held in D.B.S. v. S.R.G. 2006 SCC 37 that a core principle in the law relating to child support is that, “child support is the right of the child.” As a result, in accordance with: 1) The case of Coates v. Watson 2017 ONCJ 454, in which Justice William Sullivan concluded “section 31 of the FLA, [Family Law Act]…, discriminates and is contrary to his section 15 Charter rights,” and; 2) The passage of Bill 177 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Dec. 14, 2017, child support is the right of an adult child whether they are born to married or unmarried parents in Ontario. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 1:37 PM

Reaction mixed to new agreement on Alberta legal aid funding Kathleen Ganley

The Alberta government is increasing support for legal aid as part of a new agreement designed to fund the system until 2022, but not everyone in the provincial legal community is totally embracing the move. ... [read more]

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

Ottawa appoints three judges to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The government of Canada on Oct. 9 announced the appointment of three judges for the province of Manitoba. ... [read more]

Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

Legal program helps sick children and their families in Atlantic Canada

It takes a legal village to help sick children and their parents. Together McInnes Cooper, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS), and the IWK Health Centre are working to provide pro bono services for hospitalized kids and their parents. “The IWK Family Legal Health Partnership was created to help patients and their families address legal issues that have an impact on the well-being of the child,” said Melanie Comstock, a partner with McInnes Cooper in Halifax. ... [read more]