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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Researchers to follow legal aid clients for year-long access to justice research project Trevor_Farrow_sm

An advocacy group for justice reform is being given a grant to launch a study in which people will be shadowed to examine the long-term impacts of difficulties in accessing legal help for civil and family disputes. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ), a not-for-profit based out of Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School, will receive $25,000 from the Law Foundation of Ontario to start the year-long research project, which will begin in late spring of 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Incoming OBA president will focus on innovation in profession, access to justice Colin Stevenson sm

“Innovation” is the theme for Colin Stevenson’s upcoming presidency at the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The litigator noted that “society is changing rapidly” and lawyers need to “keep up.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

Dispatches from the family law sector: Limited Scope Retainer | Anita Lerek

According to York University law professor, Trevor Farrow, “Almost half (48.4 per cent) of Canadians over 18 will experience at least one civil or family justice problem over any given three-year period.” (Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report.) ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

PARENTS AND CHILDREN - Medically-assisted procreation - Consent

Appeal by the husband from an order granting the wife’s application for an order permitting her to use a frozen embryo obtained during the parties’ marriage. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Counselling for family law clients during a sea of change Man reaching for preserver

Have you ever gone boating? Have you ever had your boat capsize in the middle of a sea and gotten stuck on a raft wondering if and when you will be saved? Family law clients often feel this way. They are floating in a sea of confusion and stress. At this point perhaps family law clients should consider placing counselling closer to the top of their priorities, especially when they are negotiating or litigating their matrimonial affairs. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Two judges appointed to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced judicial appointments for the province of Manitoba. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 4:18 PM

Ottawa promotes judge in Ontario, one in Quebec

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced the following judicial appointments: ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 4:16 PM

Lawyer, former judges among Order of Canada nominees

Governor General Julie Payette on June 27 announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including Montreal lawyer James A. O’Reilly who was named an officer of the Order of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Ontario needs legislation that recognizes common law property rights 2 hands grabbing house

It will come as a surprise to many in Ontario that a common law spouse — that is, a spouse who cohabits in a relationship that resembles marriage but who is not legally married — has no statutory right to share in the increase in value of property (including homes and employment pensions) accumulated in the name of his or her partner during their relationship. ... [read more]