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Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 8:31 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Requirement of attaining self-sufficiency

Appeal by the wife from an order terminating spousal support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Division of family property on death

Appeal by the executor from a decision holding the chambers judge could not entertain an application for an interim distribution of family property based on the material before him and awarding the respondent solicitor–client costs payable by the appellant personally. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

Reaching the summit | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2013, British Columbia enacted the Justice Reform and Transparency Act, consistent with commitments made in its White Paper on Justice Reform, which was issued in response to Geoffrey Cowper’s report, A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century. The Act includes a stipulation for the attorney general to convene justice summits annually, as a vehicle for facilitating collaboration among all justice participants; considering promising practices or initiatives in other jurisdictions; providing input on the sector’s strategic vision; making recommendations and assessing British Columbia’s progress regarding justice transformation efforts. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

Ontario’s legal aid cuts strike most vulnerable | George Thomson

Compounding the government’s numerous other cuts to programs and services for Ontario’s most vulnerable, Ontario’s attorney general has opted to make things worse by slashing their capacity to receive legal help and to be heard in our courts and tribunals. She and the government have done this by imposing much larger cuts on legal aid than on her Ministry as a whole, protecting other Ministry programs while dramatically reducing access to justice for people who need legal assistance. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Spiegel Sohmer adds two lawyers

Spiegel Sohmer announced that two new lawyers, Talia Bensoussan and Alessandra Lubrina have joined the Montreal firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Determining best interests of trans and gender non-conforming children Transgender_jpg

Family court judges are increasingly being asked to make decisions revolving around a child’s transgender identity or gender non-conforming (GNC) behaviour. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Ottawa appoints three judges to Ontario Superior Court’s family court branch

The federal Department of Justice on May 6 announced the following appointments to support the expansion of Unified Family Courts in Ontario:   ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Ford cuts, Goldstein column, revisited | Scott Reid

It was with dismay bordering on disbelief that I read Sam Goldstein’s article in The Lawyer’s Daily regarding crime victim compensation. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Practice and procedure - Courts - Jurisdiction

Application by the respondent Hill to add a third-party negligence claim to an existing family law proceeding. ... [read more]