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Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Closure of Milton courthouse due to mould will have ‘serious impact,’ says local law association head Ken Kelertas sm

Milton’s beleaguered courthouse was surviving the pandemic. It couldn’t survive mould. In an Oct. 15 notice, the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) and the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) announced the immediate suspension of all in-person proceedings due to a recurrence of mould, which has been a longstanding problem in the building. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 1:20 PM

Canada relaxes restrictions on extended family members, international students Canada_immigration_approved_sm

When COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic, the Canadian government immediately introduced very strict restrictions on travel to Canada. Almost all travellers were prohibited from entering Canada under these restrictions unless they qualified for a small number of narrow exemptions. At the time, little was known about the virus, how to effectively slow its spread, and the economic and social repercussions it would eventually bring about. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 11:29 AM

Annulment of marriage in Canada: A tale of two couples Hand removing ring

An antiquated legal construct outlining the grounds for the annulment of marriage in Canada still applies in the 21st century, though the rationale for seeking one has changed dramatically. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Legal aid agreement reached with Quebec government Mylene_Lemieux

After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure. The agreement, widely perceived to be a “step in the right direction” by the Quebec legal community, calls for a five per cent retroactive increase in legal aid fees for the period of October 2017 to May 2019, and a 14.7 per cent increase in fees from June 2019 to September 2022. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

Immigration ruling on gay-straight relationship reflects influence of family law, says lawyer Kelly Jordan sm

A trailblazing Federal Court of Canada immigration-sponsorship decision that ruled that a gay man and a heterosexual woman are in a conjugal relationship reflects the growing interplay between immigration and family law, says a Toronto family lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

Supreme Court on jurisdiction for retroactive child support in Graydon: Further analysis Pocket watch on money

In part one, we discussed the history of Michel v. Graydon 2020 SCC 24 (Graydon), in which the Supreme Court of Canada determined that litigants are not barred from bringing an application for retroactive child support, even where the “child” in question is over the age of majority and/or financially independent. Part two continues this discussion by looking at s. 152 of B.C.’s Family Law Act (FLA) and s. 17 of the Divorce Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 3:37 PM

Ontario Superior Court temporarily suspends jury selection in Toronto, Ottawa and Brampton Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz sm

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has announced that new jury selection is suspended for the next 28 days in Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa to align with the province’s return to “modified” stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions in those regions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 2:57 PM

Judicial perspectives on self-represented litigants in family courts Family law book with glasses

The growing numbers of self-represented family litigants is a major concern. As part of an ongoing study about the use of limited scope retainers, we surveyed 57 Ontario judges to learn about their views and experiences with the self-represented family litigants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Five new justices named to Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of five new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Oct. 22, 2020. ... [read more]