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Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

Justice and the pandemic: What has to change Canada_COVID_sm

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

Being rude in court: Crossing the line screaming_mouth_sm

The recent resignation of an Alberta lawyer, with an undertaking not to apply to the Law Society of Alberta for reinstatement, following citations that he “failed to be courteous and civil to another lawyer,” among other things, gave us pause — when does a lawyer cross the line into uncivil communications with opposing counsel that could give rise to law society discipline? With the benefit of only the Disposition Summary at the time of writing, but without the full Alberta Law Society Report, we were motivated to look into this further. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 11:20 AM

Dutton Brock adds three associates

Dutton Brock LLP announced three former articling students have joined the Toronto insurance litigation firm as associates, Madalina Dreve, Ranisha Fernando and Daniel Guerrisi. ... [read more]

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Langlois adds five new lawyers

Langlois lawyers announced that five newly called lawyers are joining the firm. After completing their six-month internship, Aude Berger, Rémi-Pier Fournier, Tess Scott Giasson, Marie Diane Ngom and Raphaëlle Renzo-Gaudet have accepted the firm’s offer to pursue their careers at Langlois lawyers’ Montreal and Quebec City offices.  ... [read more]

Monday, July 27, 2020 @ 8:32 AM

Before sharing your next legal document, read this cloud_storage_sm

Even before the pandemic, the most popular methods for exchanging legal documents were not secure. Encrypted e-mail? Not as private as you think. Thumb drive? Think again. Consumer file-sharing services? Not designed with security in mind. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 10:37 AM

Clarity on calculating income replacement benefits for self-employed — sort of: Timing Dollar sign in life preserver

In part one of this series we explored the possibility of over- or under-compensation to the plaintiff based on the difference between using the last fiscal year and the last 52 weeks. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom | Karen Heath

Close your eyes and picture this: atop a rattling cart rolling into the room rests an overhead projector; with its angular sides, translucent glass top and bent metal arm, it is recognizable even on the periphery. No, this is not a foray into ’90s classroom nostalgia. Fear not, you won’t have to overlay transparencies to demonstrate where the axis of symmetry meets the parabola (insert oft-cited adage: I’m a lawyer, not a mathematician). But, this may be an only slightly exaggerated description of the best available technology you can use to project documentary evidence and exhibits in your local courtroom.    ... [read more]

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Coverage under builders’ risk policies for COVID-19 issues: Exclusions Home under construction

In this series, we consider coverage for COVID-19 related losses under a builders’ risk policy in the event of construction site shutdown or suspensions, resulting impact costs and delay of completion. ... [read more]

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

Access to Justice: A plea for technology in the justice system | Beverley McLachlin

Our justice delivery systems are built on a 19th century model of paper filings, when all hearings were held in person, all documents were filed at the courthouse counter and clerks spent long hours toiling over handwritten schedules. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

Justice and the pandemic: Stakeholders in the system Canada_COVID_sm

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