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Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Clark Wilson adds two associates

Clark Wilson LLP announced that associates Sam Shury and Sarah Tradewell have joined the Vancouver firm.  ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

The use of joint financial experts in family law matters Meeting with three people

On July 1, 2010, the province of British Columbia introduced new rules of court. Prior to that date, there were not separate rules for civil and family law matters. With the introduction of the new rules, a separate set of rules were implemented for civil matters and for family law matters. One of the key changes was the use of joint financial experts in family law matters. ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

B.C. introduces legislation designed to modernize domestic arbitration regime B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government has put in motion plans to update its domestic arbitration rules, a move it says is necessary to reflect best practices at both the national and international level. The bill, which is before the provincial legislature, is a full repeal and replacement of the current Arbitration Act and builds on recommended changes from the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s Uniform Arbitration Act and will better align with provincial legislation on international arbitral disputes. ... [read more]

Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

The Russian dog theory of litigation: A fable | Barry Landy

Gentle readers, I propose to regale you with a fable. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 3:39 PM

The efficacy of parenting co-ordination Couple in counselling

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts has defined parenting co-ordination as a hybrid legal-mental health role that combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management, dispute resolution, and, at times, decision-making functions. Parenting co-ordination is for co-parents who are unable or unwilling to jointly make parenting decisions. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 1:03 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

Alberta dropping plan for unified family court ‘doesn’t make a whole lot of sense’: lawyer John-Paul Boyd

Alberta’s plan to launch a unified family court (UFC), which would aim to make family law matters easier to navigate for both lawyer and layperson alike, has apparently been suspended by the provincial government, a decision being lamented by members of the family bar in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

The open court concept and family law | Gary Joseph

Century old common law principles describe the importance of an open and accessible court system. Democracy flourishes when you have a court that is open to public discussion, participation and critical comment. The open court principle has found a home in s. 2 and s. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. An open court is a core element of fundamental justice and a constitutionally protected right in Canada, although this right is often balanced against other rights. Open courts permit the public to know and understand what occurs in these important institutions of our democracy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

Reflections on Family Day | Kurt Sandstrom

Family Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the changing context for families and the ongoing need for family justice systems to grow and develop. We are fortunate to live in a time of greater acceptance and diversity in what families look like and how they are formed.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

University of Calgary prof wins CBA’s Hnatyshyn award

University of Calgary professor Jennifer Koshan has received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn award from the Canadian Bar Association. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

Tips to help deal with difficult clients Two men separated by wall

Let’s face it, dealing with difficult clients isn’t easy. While sometimes it is much easier to simply “fire” them, you can only refuse to take on so many cases before you are left staring at an empty desk without any billable work. ... [read more]