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Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 4:06 PM

Ottawa appoints judge to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on June 3 that Maria V. Carroccia, a sole practitioner in Windsor, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Justice Carroccia fills one of two remaining positions authorized under the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench gives new guidance on voir dires, masters chambers applications

Effective immediately, where the accused is represented by counsel and where Crown and defence counsel consent to waive the conduct of an oral hearing and cross-examination on affidavit evidence, voir dires or other pretrial applications involving Criminal Code offences (except in cases involving ss. 276 and 278 of the Code which contain specific hearing requirements) at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench may be submitted to the court with affidavit evidence and written argument (along with an electronic copy of videotape in the case of a s. 715.1 voir dire) to be considered by way of desk application. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

What happens to child support if job’s lost due to COVID-19? Unemployed woman COVID-19

It’s tough enough for the 44 per cent of Canadians who have already lost work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be even tougher still for those who are also paying child support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

B.C. law society considering ‘targeted’ approach on COVID-19 relief: president Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) as they met for their second virtual meeting, with the law society president noting the society is currently looking at spending approximately $3 million to assist members who have been hit hard over the past few months. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

No going back: Technology and court process | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 shutdown of the court system was initially viewed as a temporary measure to address legitimate health concerns. Most lawyers expected a quick return to “normal” once the pandemic passed. Two things have now become quite apparent: the pandemic is not passing as quickly as we had hoped and, as importantly, there will be a new “normal.” Lawyers need to accept this and get onboard the technology train or they will be left behind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Tax planning strategies in market downturn: Estate freezes, income splitting Two people with calculator

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the global economy. But as the old saying goes: when life gives you lemons, it’s time for tax planning! In this three-part series, we discuss select tax planning strategies that make use of the market downturn or otherwise mitigate its impacts. In this part, we will discuss estate freezes and income splitting, which are strategies that can capitalize on lower asset valuations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

Litigation risk in COVID-19 environment: Big changes risk_liability_sm

Litigation risks are materially different today, under COVID-19 than at the start of 2020 when the threat of a world-changing global pandemic was barely an idea. The economic and strategic considerations affecting organizations’ litigation decisions are shifting. This article examines that shift and explores the consequences for litigants going forward as they seek to resolve disputes in the pandemic environment — both existing legal disputes and new litigation arising from COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

Justice and the pandemic: The new gold standard Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the first of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

Financial situation of parent’s new partner may be relevant for child support Man using calculator2

The determination of a parent’s income for child support purposes can present some complexities. Clients are often shocked when they realize the level of financial disclosure that is required. They are even more shocked when they realize that financial disclosure from their new spouse may be required. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Ontario bar task force offers tools, tips, advice for making ‘huge adjustment’ to remote hearings Marie-Andrée Vermette

No plaid. Wear clothes below the waist. Nod, instead of bowing, when the judge enters. These basic pointers are among dozens of helpful tips, and easy-to-follow technical advice, offered by Best Practices for Remote Hearings — a detailed and useful 42-page practical guide that is designed to help lawyers successfully adjust to the new normal of virtual court appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]