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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 5:29 AM

CROWN - Federal Parliament - Statutory instruments - Regulations and rules

Appeal by Portnov from a Federal Court decision dismissing his application to quash an order extending the 2014 Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Ukraine) Regulations that designated 18 individuals, including the appellant, restricting and prohibiting their dealings with certain property for up to five years. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

How lawyers can learn from failure | Neha Chugh

It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 4:20 PM

Federal Court becomes first known court to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status of its judges Chief Justice Paul Crampton

The Federal Court, Canada’s travelling national trial court, has become the first known court in the land to publicly disclose the COVID-19 vaccination status of its judges and prothonotaries. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Back to Law School Roundup: News, analysis and opinion Back to Law School

For the second year in row, we have set out to cover the issues and challenges faced by Canadian law schools and students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 01, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Decision opens ‘door onto a new type of reasoning for extending the limitation period’: counsel Subdoh Bharati, counsel for respondent

In upholding a lower court decision that a claim for false imprisonment in immigration detention was not statute-barred, the Ontario Court of Appeal has “opened a door onto a new type of reasoning for extending the limitation period,” counsel involved in the case said. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 01, 2021 @ 8:33 AM

Domestic contracts across borders Hands shaking in front of globe

There are many considerations that go into deciding to relocate to a new jurisdiction. What may not be so apparent, or unfortunately what may even be at the bottom of the to-do list, is ensuring any legal documentation is effective. It may come as a surprise to individuals moving to Ontario that a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement (referred to in this article collectively as a “domestic contract”) executed in their home jurisdiction no longer works. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 01, 2021 @ 5:28 AM

EXCLUSION (INADMISSIBLE PERSONS) - Grounds for inadmissibility - Security

Appeals by the Minister from decisions allowing the respondents’ judicial review applications from decisions of the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division interpreting s. 34(1)(e) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 11:39 AM

Canada’s response to growing humanitarian Afghan crisis Afghan flag and shadows of refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that more than half a million people have been displaced in 2021 because of the conflict in Afghanistan. A complex conflict that has been ongoing for over 20 years. ... [read more]