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Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 2:12 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 30, 2022 @ 8:32 AM

Chief justices call on Ottawa to fix record vacancies on backlogged courts; many JACs also defunct David Lametti

Vacancies on the nation’s backlogged superior courts have skyrocketed, as the federal Liberal government fails to make timely appointments — including to its judicial advisory committees (JACs), which have been defunct for months in New Brunswick,  Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Nunavut, according to the Office of the Federal Commissioner for Judicial Affairs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 3:19 PM

New B.C. bar association president anticipating major change in justice system, legal profession Aleem Bharmal, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) president

The newly minted president of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is saying he will be pushing for more access to justice and increased legal aid funding over the course of his term in office, which will run alongside anticipated major changes to the governance of lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 1:58 PM

Playing by chatbot rules | Gary Goodwin

I think I failed the Turing test! ... [read more]

Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 2:44 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 4:02 PM

Moldaver led SCC on criminal law for 11 years but spent first three years looking for the exit TLD exclusive

Michael Moldaver, the judge who most shaped Canadian criminal law over the past 11 years, confesses he remains troubled that accused who are “clearly guilty” of serious crimes sometimes get acquitted, because courts throw out crucial evidence tainted by state illegality that many Canadians would not see as justifying such a drastic remedy. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 12:38 PM

Gowling WLG hires counsel to co-lead cybersecurity group

Gowling WLG welcomed Antoine Guilmain to the firm as counsel and co-leader of the cybersecurity and data protection group in Canada. He will be based in the firm’s Montreal office. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 10:17 AM

Lawyers: Learn to network and generate new business | Mark Borkowski

No profession is as bad as generating new business and generating new clients as lawyers. Why? Lawyers do not know how to network. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 3:50 PM

Cull of ‘huge mass’ of less-serious criminal cases could unclog Canada’s justice system: Moldaver Exclusive

Newly retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Michael Moldaver says the “bursting-at-the seams” criminal justice system could be saved from the risk of future collapse and irrelevancy by removing the “huge mass” of less serious criminal cases that could be fairly and more speedily handled via alternatives, including ticketing, diversion and reasonable plea deals and charge withdrawals. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Quebec’s chief justices call for modernization of court system Manon Savard

The chief justices of four courts, addressing hundreds of judges and lawyers in person at the Montreal courthouse for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, broadly outlined their priorities and concerns at Quebec’s opening of the courts ceremony, from the promise and pitfalls of technology to modernize the justice system to the debilitating impact of chronic underfinancing, to the erosion of decorum in the courtroom and the pernicious effects of disparaging social media comments. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 3:13 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - B.C. Appeal Court judge denies intervener status in appeal of anti-SLAPP decision

A British Columbia Court of Appeal judge has denied intervener status to two public interest organizations as part of an appeal of a lower court decision which dismissed an application to have a copyright infringement action dismissed as strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP). ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 @ 2:59 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 @ 6:25 PM

Sept. 19 will be federal holiday for Queen’s funeral; provinces asked to make it a day off nationally Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Sept. 19 will be declared a federal holiday to mark the state funeral in London of Queen Elizabeth II. “We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we're aligned on this — there are still a few details to be worked out, but declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important,” Trudeau told reporters Sept. 13 during the federal Liberal caucus treat in St. Andrews, N.B. ... [read more]